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What is Success?

October 10, 2007

Yesterday’s post questioned the wisdom of pursuing a path that leads away from the ultimate goal. So that brings up the question–what is success?

Where are you going? Will you know when you get there? Will that be where you really want to be? Will today’s actions lead to where you want to be?

This is how Emerson defined success.

What Is Success?
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

How do you define success?