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Friday, November 11, 2011

Different perspectives on success

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one's self; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer

“There are such things as successful failures.”
Educator and polar explorer Ann Bancroft

Success to me is many different things. Sometimes it’s achieving my goals. Other times it’s exceeding others’ expectations. Yet another time it is not giving up. Success can be persevering through failure and disappointment. Success can be scoring a C if that is the absolute maximum that I can score right now. Success is to be aware, thankful, and grateful. Success is living life fully. In other words, success is personal, relative, and so much more than a score of 100%, gaining world fame, or becoming a millionaire. What’s your view on success? Do you look at end results or at invested time, energy, and skills? Is it both to you or something completely different? How many different perspectives can you take on success and what do you pass on to others who see you as a role model? Are your views encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, enabling?

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