Thursday, March 26, 2009

What is Success???

Success is not an accident. It is a result of your attitude and your attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance.

Why does one person move forward with one success story after another, while others are still getting ready?

The common man seeks security, whereas the uncommon man seeks opportunity. If the answer of this question becomes part of the way you learn, it would revolutionize your life.

Success is no mystery. It is simply the result of consistently applying some basic principles. Similarly, failure is simply a result of making a few mistakes repeatedly.

How do we recognize success? To some people, success might mean wealth. To others, it is recognition, good health, a good family, happiness, satisfaction and peace of mind. What this really tells is that success is subjective.

The definition that I feel best defines "success" is:

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.
- Earl Nightingale.

Lets simplify this definition:

"Progressive" means that success is a journey, not a destination. We never arrive. After we reach one goal, we go on to the next and the next and so on.

"Realization" means it is an experience. Outside forces cannot make me successful. I have to feel it within myself. It is internal not external. That is why what often appears as successful externally may be total hollowness within.

"Worthiness" refers to our value system without which goals can be unworthy. Which way are we heading? Towards positive or negative goals? Worthiness determines the quality of the journey. That is what gives meaning and fulfillment. Goals are important because they give us a sense of direction. Success without fulfillment is empty.

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
- Arthur Golden

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