In “The Strangest Secret”, Earl Nightingale gives his definition of success:
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
You don’t need piles of money.
Lots of achievements.
A degree. Or a house. Or a car.
You just need to set a worthy goal, and steadily work toward making it a reality.
Do that, and you’re a success.
Some people don’t want you to change.
Your growth makes them uncomfortable. It reminds them they need to change, too.
They don’t want to. That takes effort.
So they try to hold you back. Like crabs in a barrel. One crab tries to climb out. The others grab it and pull it back down.
You don’t need that in your life.
What you need are good friends. Friends who will help you achieve your goals.
Hold you accountable.
Help you get where you want to go.
Be who you want to be.
If you don’t have friends like that, it’s time to get some.
And ditch the crabs.