known too many people who have made themselves miserable
because they've believed that they should be accomplishing
the big things in life that are recognized by many, many
people if their lives are to mean anything. They
berate themselves for not measuring up, for not
"succeeding," even when they've accomplished
many things that other people would be proud of.
"Tiny successes" mean much more to me.
These are the kinds of successes that build on themselves
and each other, the kind that add up in the end to a
successful life. Putting in a new faucet in the
kitchen, helping a friend to do something important,
getting a plant to grow, making a loved one feel good
about him or herself, getting that promotion at work,
setting goals and reaching them, losing those ten
pounds--and setting a goal for ten more instead of
starting with a goal for twenty--all of these things are
small successes with which we can decorate each day of our
I do like to see Olympic athletes win gold medals, and I
do like to see authors sell millions of copies, and I do
like to see what we call the "bigger"
successes. But think about it for a moment:
Most of what we consider to be huge successes in our
society have to do with entertainment (singers, writers,
actors) or sports than anything else. And given the
nature of those fields, there are relatively few people
who can be great successes in them--and most of us aren't
even in those fields to begin with.
In our own fields, in our own lives, we have plenty of
opportunities for success. We must acknowledge and
appreciate the smaller successes so that we can build on
them and grow as people and allow ourselves to reach new
levels of success. Otherwise, we're kind of
squandering our opportunities to see ourselves as
successful people, and our chances to be happy with what
we do and how we do it.
people see success as being rich and famous or
powerful and influential. Others see it as
being at the top of their profession and standing
out from the rest.
The wise see success in a more personal
way; they see it as achieving the goals they have
set for themselves, and then feeling pride and
satisfaction in their accomplishments. True
success is felt in the heart, not measured by money
So be true to yourself and achieve
those goals you set. For success is reaching
those goals and feeling proud of what you have