What Success Is

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What goals do you have to achieve and what habits must you acquire for your life to be successful? Is success a climb to the top of the corporate ladder? Or is it the habit of approaching every task with all of your energies? Is it a trek to the top of Mount Everest? Or doing the work it takes to maintain a healthy body? Is it learning to climb stairs unassisted after a debilitating accident? Or keeping a gracious and thankful attitude in tough times?

We each have our own definitions of success. These definitions are as unique as a fingerprint and as personal as our favorite food. Emerson knew what success was to him. To find our own definitions of success we must look inside ourselves. Only then will we be able to actually make success a personal reality.

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