"One ought, everyday at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and speak a few reasonable words." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fortune Cookie Friday - Success

This may just simply be a good candidate for the "In Bed" or "Except in Bed" categories, but why settle for simple when you can make a mountain out of a molehill? ;)

If you look up Success in the dictionary, all the definitions deal with outcome. The actual achievement of a goal. The end result of hard work and/or ingenuity. Being well thought of for some act. The attainment of a reward. It's all about culmination and what other people think about what you do. 

But what if the way you define success is different than the way someone else does? Does this make you less successful? No. We can't depend on others' opinions to measure success. "The person who seeks all their applause from outside, has their happiness in another's keeping." --Dale Carnegie 

And what about the other part of the definition: culmination? I know a lot of people who have never really "arrived" but that I consider successful. This leaves me to conclude that the known definitions for Success are flawed, or at least inadequate. 

So, what IS success, if not accomplishment or reward? 

To me, Success is like Happiness. It's a state of mind; an attitude. It can lead to achievement, but is not necessarily defined by it.

How would YOU define it?

1 comment:

  1. "Having really good command of language oftentimes translates into success in life. I wouldn't say it equates entirely with being wealthy, no, but it brings a sense of control over your destiny and relationships. Being understood by your fellow man creates a sense of satisfaction and that is what I mean by success"
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