This quote comes from Albert Einstein. Take note, it doesn’t say that “the pursuit of success” is a bad thing. It’s good to have aspirations and pursue success in various endeavors. That’s one of the many things that give hope for the future. However, you can look at what comes after the words “the pursuit of success” in this quote and ask yourself “At what cost? Is my pursuit of success making me more miserable? Does it also come with constant restlessness?”
If you answered yes to any of these reflections, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to abandon your pursuit of success. The big takeaway here is to be self-aware–always reflecting on whether your pursuit of success is affecting your joy, happiness, and well-being. You may realize that it will be worth it in the end. So, the hardships you are experiencing right now are okay for the time being. Perhaps, you realize that life is short and that your current pursuit is costing you more than it will ever reward. Or, maybe, you realize a better way to continue your pursuit without the constant restlessness. The key is to always be aware of when the feeling of constant restlessness begins to feel more like a permanent state of being. If this becomes true, some life adjustments may be in order.
To learn more about the origin of this quote, click here. Source: npr.org