Has Your Success Been Worth the Sacrifice?


When you look back on the successful outcomes in your life, have they been worth the pain? We all make sacrifices in our lives for the goals we place a high priority on including education, career, and family. We spend long hours at the office to pay for our dream vacations, but miss out on graduations in the meantime. Many of us have relocated to cities far from our families to pursue our callings. There’s no shortage of everyday choices to miss out on social opportunities in the name of discipline and routine. But how can we know if each choice strikes the right balance?

When you consider your life, do your accomplishments outweigh the value of the experiences you’ve missed? Of course, accomplishments may mean something different to you than they do to me. Perhaps you’re most proud of your children, or your boat, or your charitable endeavors. In any case, how would you answer today’s question?

Consider Your Accomplishments

When I reflect on this question, I can remember difficult and rewarding moments in life. Perhaps it wasn’t clear at every moment on my path, but looking back, my success has certainly been worth the pain, struggle, and sacrifice.

A few of my proudest accomplishments include:

  • Last summer, my wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. We are still going strong. Our son is on his own two feet, he married a wonderful woman and they have a darling little daughter.
  • I just turned 59 years old. I am healthy and strong enough in body and mind to train seriously in martial arts.
  • I am now in my 30th year of devoted religious study. It has been my pathway to better understanding God and the world He has created.
  • The year 2016 will mark my 25th year selling life insurance. I am in the process of retooling my business, starting with the publication of my first book.

Take a Look at the Opportunity Cost

However, these achievements that I hold dear did not come without hard work and lost opportunities. My life has included fair amounts of pain, struggle, and sacrifice. In a way, you could consider these to be the price of success. And of course, they have been worthwhile. What else could I ask for in life?

When I look back on the challenges I have faced, I prefer to look at them as investments in myself. There are times when I had to develop maturity, self-control, discipline, and emotional resilience. Beyond all of those attributes, the most important trait I’ve gained through life is humility. These are the qualities needed for success in all parts of life, both professional and personal.

What Does the Result Mean to You?

At my age, I am happy to have developed a mental toughness and resourcefulness that helps me deal with any and every challenge that comes my way. I feel I can be successful in anything I choose at this point. How could I put a price on that?

What about you? Have your challenges paid off? I’d love to hear your story. Do you have a question, about life or life insurance? Ask anything by emailing me at skobrin@stevenkobrin.com.

About Steve

Steven Kobrin is a life insurance expert with 25 years experience. He serves high net-worth individuals and business owners as well as high risk and uninsurable “impaired cases.” Steven offers concierge life insurance process to ensure the policy is approved as it’s quoted. To learn more, visit his website, read his blog, connect with him on LinkedIn, or request a policy audit today by calling his office at (866) 633-1818 or by email at skobrin@stevenkobrin.com.



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