Success and Fulfillment - What's the difference?

Have you ever wondered why there are people who walk trough life as everything is falling into their lap and then tehri are people who have to work really, really hard to make some achievements?


If you want to learn what is the difference between both of them and how you can bring more fulfillment into your life along with success, please read this article!


My name is Marian Barnow and this article looks closer if there is a difference between success and fulfilment and why so many people struggle to have both together. And first of all I am happy you are here taking time reading that.


You will get to know:

  • Why success and Fulfillment do not always come together.

  • What you can do to bring both into you life.

  • How metaphysical teachings have helped me and many others to do so.

  • And why it was clear for me to leave my job even if their was good payment involved.


I am trained as a certified healer in der tradition of the modern mystery school and had the honor to work with many people in many different countries, offering seminars, retreats and initimate 1:1 coachings that helped others to live better and more fulfilled life's. I am personnally ding that because from a young age I have seen disease, sickness and apathy from life in my closest environments and family. And trough some circumstances I was privileged to get to know that healing, health, succes and a good life is possible in many ways. I had the urge to share that because I saw so many lifes could be better.


From that I have asked myself often: Is there a differnce between success and fulfillment?


After all I have seen: I believe so!


First of all, it's very essential to understand that success is defined so differently for each person. What success means for me doesn't have to be 100% true for you.


For example, one person goes to a business meeting and his goal is to win five new customers with whom he will do business in the next month and generate new sales. If he has achieved that, it was a success for him.


Another person comes to the same business meeting and he says to himself, "If I meet just one person today with whom I'm on the same wavelength, we can network and share the same vision, that was a huge success."


These are such different approaches to the same situation and there are billions of people and therefore billions of definitions of success.





Commonly, in the collective consciousness, success is associated with:

  • An overflowing bank account,

  • big house or condo, or even more to have as assets

  • the sports car cabriolet or the range rover

  • and a life partner who looks like he or she came off the cover of Playboy or Men's Health Magazine.

So all the good life scenes seen in social media.


And there is aboslutely nothing wrong to have all of that.


But the things is, that there are people who have all that and from the outside we would say they are massively successful, yet success doesn't always have to mean fulfilment at the same time.


Let me tell you a short story from my life as I am working also in a school with a lot of smart students.


Often when I teach lectures about philosophy and life I used to ask the classroom:


How many of you believe there are people in this world who have a LOT of money and are very happy? Usually everyone raises hands.


I will ask again:

And how many of you believe there are people in this world who have a LOT of money but are still very unhappy? Everyone raises hands.


I will ask again:

And how many of you believe there are people with very less of money but they are happy? You would again see everyone raising their hands.


And I will ask the final question: How many of you believe there are poor people who are not happy? Everyone raises hands.


So I am asking them: Do you think now money is the absolute key to fulfilment and happiness?


The answer is no.


Why is that?


Look, there are so many people who think (and I was one of them): "If I am financially stable, then I will be happy and then I can tackle my projects that are really close to my heart. When I have the new car from the new brand, then I can be happy, when I have the next piece of clothing, then I can be happy. When I go on the next holiday and I'm away from the work I don't like, then I can be happy."


These are thoughts that first of all have something to do with external circumstances and state: If this external circumstance is there, then I can be fulfilled and happy inside.


But that's not how it works in our world for us humans to live fulfilled, because there are certain laws that apply to us and we have to obey them.


These specific laws are called cosmic laws or spiritual laws or hermetic laws and they work from the inside out instead from the outside in.


This means that I must first generate fulfilment within myself in order to then also feel fulfilment and from that this arises around me.


So my definition of success is:


I have the frequency of success and fulfilment within me, together. And I live my life out of this frequency.


And every person has to find out for themselves what fulfils them, and that has something to do with their own inner world and soul.


In general, and this is the bottomline of every human life, we experience immense fulfilment when we help other people to have a more successful and enriched life. With every person I meet, I ask myself how I can get the best out of the time we have together for me and the other person. So that when our lives have crossed paths, the other person has a better life.


That is what fulfils me and for that I have received certain gifts and talents from life. Some are easy for me to exercise, some I have spent some time training and refining, and with them I can help other people today.


And the first step to finding out what brings me success is the path within.


And this path, in all the schools of wisdom on this earth, the words "Know Thyself" were always written above the temples, in ancient Greek Gnofti Sauton and in Latin Nosce te ipsum.


Even Socrates said that wisdom begins with knowing thyself. And I add: also the beginning of fulfilment and success.


Personally, I have tried many ways to go within.


It was already like that at school, I did an internship, I had to start work at 6 a.m. in a overalls, my alarm clock rang at 4.30 a.m. and at 5 a.m. my S-Bahn went all over Berlin and then I started changing filters in air conditioners and screwing around with technical equipment. And I already knew after three days: this is not for me. Even after two weeks, I didn't find anything in the job that I really enjoyed, so I knew: this is not for me.


And I saw people who really enjoyed this activity and I couldn't understand them. I just knew I had to get out of here. And so I tried the next internship in an office in management and I realised that I rather liked it. There were aspects here that I liked. I could negotiate and talk to people and solve human problems. But even that didn't fulfil me 100 %, I felt like I was still missing something all the time. And then I said to myself: OK, then I have to keep looking, because I'm not going to invest 10 or 20 years or my whole life in a path that I hope will be over today and the only spark of hope is to look forward to the time after retirement and then start living my life and doing the things I always wanted to do. I never wanted to flush my dreams down the toilet of life, there was too much fire burning inside me for that. But I had no clear guideline to help me realise them.


And so, from a young age, I invested a lot of time, energy and resources in my path inward. And the path that worked most efficiently for me and changed my life permanently towards success and fulfilment was the path in the Modern Mystery School in the line of King Solomon and this path starts with Life Activation.


And what the Life Activation does is that it activates all these hidden parts in me that are dormant and bring me fulfilment. This is an approach that goes on for two hours, which I have also been doing for several years and I have really been able to see how several lives have changed greatly, in different forms, colours and speeds, but all in the direction of fulfilment and success.


Even when I received the Life Activation itself, afterwards I felt that my life was just beginning. Before that, it felt like my life was only half a thing.


Life Activation can be booked with any certified Life Activation Practitioner at Modern Mystery School. Write to us today to get all the information about it.


With all love,

Marian Barnow

Life Activation Practitioner and Healer in the 3,000 year old lineage of King Solomon with the Modern Mystery School.



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