Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein, physicist and philosopher

We as humans have an ingrained sense of desire to achieve some level of success in our lives. Even as impressionable kids, we’re taught by our parents, teachers and other elders to always work hard and dream big, and that we can “be anything we want to be” in life.

This is the right message, of course. We want to instill positivity, desire and hard work into our youth so that they can prosper and live well.

On the other hand, there’s a fine line we don’t want to cross and that’s the line of selfish desire over greater good. It’s fine to have personal goals, but it’s imperative not to “step over others” to try to get what we want.

With that said, this is why I love this quote from Einstein. It puts the focus more on what you can do for others than for yourself. Instead of striving to be a success for the fulfillment of your own wants and desires, fight to be a source of value. If you are someone of value, that means you offer something to others.

That alone makes you a success.