I do the best I possibly can at something, then I've
succeeded--no matter what the result. This is
something that wise people have been saying for many, many
years--but something that we've been ignoring for just as
long. Success isn't only about winning or getting or
triumphing, but about making our best effort and pushing
ourselves to the limits of our abilities.
was an awful ad campaign during the '96 Olympic games that
stated: "You don't win the silver; you lose the
gold." By that standard, there is only one
"winner" in each event, even though all of the
competitors have beaten great odds just to be there.
All have excelled in their events and have pushed
themselves to extraordinary limits just to be there.
And there are thousands of people who did their very best
to get to Olympic qualifying rounds, only to be beaten
there by other athletes who had better days than they did.
can we possibly say that they all aren't extremely
successful? They've reached their personal
standards, even exceeded them, and have reached for the
highest that is within them, the highest of their hearts
don't mind coming in second place or 50th place; I don't
mind being passed over for the job; I don't mind not
getting recognition for being the "best."
As long as I've done the best that I'm capable of, I'm
fine with what I am and what I've accomplished. I
define success for myself, and I set my own personal
standards. And that will help me to be happy and
fulfilled my whole life long.