Its not what we are getting, its what we are becoming – Jim Rohn
Life is exactly about that. So many people are pre-occupied with what is in their bank account, parked in their driveway, or their clothing and fashion statements…..I used to really be this way. I thought life would be good if I had a lot of money, could buy what I wanted, etc etc.
But I think its when we LOSE things we really realize, what really matters. Money can come and go so quickly in today’s world. I have experienced it, as well as seen it happen on the news and between friends. Companies here today, gone tomorrow. Win a lottery. Lawsuits. And there is the unexpected deaths. All these experiences and witnessed events helped me develop and realize.
Is it really how big a company is. How do you measure the “size” of a company? The amount of workers, the sales, the customers. I have constantly been changing the way I look at success. And it has slowly and slowly moved away from material things and “Digital” things (money is digital nowadays…all online numbers!), to more personal development things.
Like that saying:
If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere
or the Alicia Keys chorus here:
New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York, New York,
Its the EXPERIENCE that counts. The notches under your belt. The people you have met, the relationships you have built. Sure, maybe people see this is a “loser” saying, but then tell yourself what is winning and losing? What is “making it”. Its become stronger, more independent, more “cultured”.
And China taught me tons too. Jeez, that song should be modified from “make it in New York” to “make it in China”. I really believe its difficult for foreigners to do business in China…..between language and culture….there are just so many various things to take into consideration.
Recently I’ve been talking to other foreigners, seems many are leaving China….its getting harder and harder to do business there with rising currency and inflation happening so rapidly (costs increasing). And so when someone leaves a place, and thinks, what did they gain from it. And seeing this is a wake up call, again and again for me…..when “the show is over” and the dust settles, what do we really have. Seeing this over and over, both personally and from afar, is what makes me love this quote – ITS NOT WHAT WE ARE GETTING, ITS WHAT WE ARE BECOMING.
Experience is worth so much more. Knowledge. Those are things no one else on this earth can take away from us.