Your success is not who you will become, it’s who you are now.

When we listen and hear all of the phenomenal success stories of widely known individuals today, it’s not really who they are now that gives us excitement.

It’s, actually, the person who they were before the fame, glitz, and glam.


Jim Carey.

He was a broke, struggling actor who day dreamed about what his life would be like as a successful actor.

Tyler Perry.

He was physically and sexually abused as a child. After turning his story of forgiveness and redemption into the stage play I Know I’ve Been Changed, the 28-year-old playwright was broke and even lived on the streets on Atlanta when he couldn’t make ends meet.


She grew up poor and became pregnant in her early teens. When she landed a job in her early twenty on air, they called her ugly and fat. The station even wanted her to change her name. Apparently Susie was more fitting and catchy for television.

Oprah as a Susie? Ew! lol 

Morgan Freeman.

Found himself in the unemployment line at age 40.

Growing up I did everything perfect. I made sure of it. Not because I was often praised for it, more like ignored because of it, but I was a child who held being efficient in high regard. Being the best.

However, I learned throughout middle school on, as I became more social, I lacked the ability to relate to others. I would expect people to have the same desire to be efficient like I was, but the world doesn’t work that way. I learned that the hard way, pissing people off by lacking empathy and sometimes compassion. In a relative way– I’m not a robot.

While in college, I opened up to the experience of making mistakes. More so allowing myself to do so without overbearingly crucifying myself for it. Religion and strict parents definitely played a part in that habit. Monstrous.

Much like Jim Carey, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Morgan Freeman, and the many other successes of the world, I knew I needed to allow myself to be human (A little messy and authentically imperfect.) in order to be great. I mean, isn’t that how we learn and gain our own individual perspective towards life?


Quits a well paying job at age 26, moves back home, and opens up her own business to create new ways in her home town. With no end in sight, off she goes again with her dream tucked away in a little black book.

True story.

Ralph Waldo Emerson — ‘Life is a journey, not a destination.’


It’s everything leading up to the story that counts. For me personally, I think it reminds others that they are no separate from them. I still believe that, *success is within finding ‘self’, and once you’ve found that, you’ve certainly found success.

If you look at it a different way, technically you are a success as we speak. You just haven’t realized it yet. 😉

*That was the first quote I created when I launched my blog. 🙂

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Sarah Lee

Welcome! My name is Sarah Lee and I'm a Business Strategist and social entrepreneur who loves the outdoors, a good book, and scary movies year round! Throughout this quirky, rich, and mysterious life of mine, I genuinely love to 'share' my experiences as a learning tool. I thought, what better way to track my level of growth than by sharing my experiences and the lessons learned thereof, than in my blog? A wise woman once said, "You are your own masterpiece, therefore, instead of mastering it, master you."

4 thoughts on “Your success is not who you will become, it’s who you are now.”

  1. Your article brings to mind Wayne Dyer’s scurvy elephant story. The story is tailored to resonate with the spiritual minded. It’s about being a scurvy elephant or disturbing element. Like the girl in the photo. And how/now that’s a good thing! Don’t be mindful of doing what others’ expect. Do what you want! What could be better? Or more selfish. But the real hypocrisy shows itself in the origin of the story Dyer claimed as his own!

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