Success: Different Views and One Ultimate, Satisfying Goal

Success and Its Many Aspects

Not long ago, I was asking students about their concept of success. To be honest, I was expecting their definitions to revolve around materialism: I had anticipated their ideas to be linked to having millions of dollars, to driving an expensive car, to owning a mansion complete with staff, and the like.

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To my utter surprise and delight, these criteria were not mentioned right away: instead, my students’s definitions centered around coming up with personal and professional goals and then achieving those goals.They also cited being accepting of oneself, of being comfortable in their own skin. This exchange inspired me to take a personal look at success and what it means to me.

Definitions of Success: A Personal List

1. Success is loving yourself for who you are, unconditionally.

2. Success is embracing whatever life lesson, such as becoming compassionate, you are meant to learn.

3. Success is striving for excellence in oneself, in one’s continuing education (whether or not that education takes place at an institution of learning), in one’s interactions with other people.

4. Success means committing to a dream and persevering to achieve that dream.

5. Success means self-actualization, or reaching one’s full potential.



Success: Inspiring Quotes I Love

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.– David McCullough

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. –Christopher Morley

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. –Anna Quindlen

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced. — Swami Vivekananda

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success. — Anna Pavlova

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. — Albert Einstein

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. –Abraham Lincoln

Success in life consists of going from one mistake to the next without losing your enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

One person with a belief is equal to 99 who have only interests. — John Stuart Mill

Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.–F. Dodson

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. – George Sheehan

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if  they were great and noble. — Helen Keller

Motivation towards success

Motivation towards Success

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the  short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success. — Brian Tracy

We are not going to succeed in everything we attempt in life. That’s a guarantee.  In fact, the more we do in life, the more chance there is not to succeed in some things.  But what a rich life we are having!   Win or lose, we just keep winning. — Susan Jeffers

Whatever your own definition of success, may you achieve it beyond your wildest dreams. Namaste and Blessed Be.

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