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How do we define Success?

What is Success? 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 us is that success is subjective. Success means different things to different people. I feel “SUCCESS” is: SUCCESS IS THE PROGRESSIVE REALIZATION OF A WORTHY GOAL.
– Earl Nightingale

‘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 soon. “Realization” is an experience. Outside forces cannot make me feel successful. I have to feel it within myself. It is internal not external. That is why what often appears as success externally may be total hollow 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. Goals are important because they give us a sense of directions. SUCCESS WITHOUT FULFILLMENT IS EMPTY I don’t know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please every body – Bill Cosby

Success does not mean being liked and accepted by everyone. There are some groups I would not, out of choice, want to be accepted by. I would rather be criticized by fools than appreciated by unsavory characters. Success and happiness go hand in hand. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get. Existence alone is not success! It isa lot more!

  • Do more than exist – live.
  • Do more than touch — feel.
  • Do more than look — observe.
  • Do more than read – absorb
  • Do more than hear – listen.
  • Do more than listen — understand.

Syed Afroz Banu (Principal)
MS Creative High School
Asif Nagar / Mallepally Branch

Published in MS World (Print Version: Vol. 1, Issue 2, July 2015)

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