person is the
individual who forms the habit
of doing what the failing
person doesn't like to do.
victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals
and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become
you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how
menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
think of the times--perhaps only yesterday--when we listened to a
in need, or finished a task that was
nagging at us. Maybe we made
appointment to begin a project we've
been putting off. Success is taking
positive action, nothing more. Many
of us, in our youth, were taught that
success only came in certain shapes
and sizes. And we felt like failures.
We need new definitions;
it's time to discard the old.
I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice
from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become
I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded. If I
to succeed in all things, I would look around me
for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.
isn't measured by the position you reach in life;
by the obstacles you overcome.
what you do with the ability that you have, how you use your
It doesn't necessarily mean any one thing.
|Many of the most
successful people I have known have never grown up.
retained bubbling-over childishness. They have relished wit,
have indulged in humor. They have not allowed "dignity"
to depress them
into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the
twin brother of optimism,
and optimism is the stuff of which American
business success is fashioned.
Resist growing up!
is going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
success without hard work is like
trying to harvest where you haven't
What is the
a career you love. . . .
Give it the
you. . . . Seize
opportunities. . . .
of the team.
the humble and great alike, those who achieve success do so
fate and circumstance are especially kind to them. Often the
reverse is true. They
succeed because they do not whine
fate but take whatever has been given
to them and go on
to make the most
of their best.
If hard work is the
key to success,
most people would rather pick the lock.
ever attains very eminent success by simply doing
what is required of
him or her; it is the amount and excellence
of what is over and above
the required, that determines
the greatness of ultimate distinction.
of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand,
determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of
ourselves to the task at hand.
comes in life or athletics unless a lot of
has preceded the
effort. Only temporary
success is achieved
by taking short cuts.
definition of a successful life
must include serving others.
is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of
yourself as a success.
imagine a person becoming a success
who doesn't give this game of life
everything he or she has got.
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I owe my success to having listened respectfully
the very best advice,
and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best--
which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there
When I did that success found me.
| Far too often many
people do not prepare themselves for success. While
they wish success would favor them, they may put just enough effort into
life to get by, thinking that if by chance something big comes along,
grab it. But if you're not prepared for success, you may find it
hold on to the opportunities that come your way. Success requires
understanding, fortitude, and foresight to bring the "blade to
the full grain in the ear."
As an exercise, ask yourself from time to time what you are doing to
prepare yourself for success. Have you established and
committed to your goals? Are you willing not only to cultivate
and plant the seed but also to nurture and care for the tender blade and
the young ear as it appears? Are you willing to go the extra mile,
give the energy and attention that the opportunity calls for? Are
willing to stand firm with your convictions, your principles? Are
prepared to stand alone, if necessary? Have you trained yourself
recognize opportunity when it knocks?
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admit that I personally measure success
in terms of the
contributions an individual makes
to her or his fellow human beings.
has nothing to do with what you gain
in life or accomplish for yourself.
It's what you do for others.
because they are destined to; most succeed because they are
thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep
My success is based on persistence, not luck.
versions of a similar passage: there's a passage on
success that's usually attributed to Emerson, but that very
probably is a misattribution. Unfortunately, over the
years the various versions have changed, and it's pretty hard
to tell where these ideas came from originally. We won't
attempt to answer the question of source definitively--we'll
just give you the three versions as they're written.
laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent
people and the affection of children; to earn the
appreciation of honest criticism and endure the betrayal
of false friends; to appreciate beauty and find the best
in others; to leave this world a bit better whether by a
healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social
condition; to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived--this is to have succeeded.
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of
the respect of intelligent men and
the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others and
given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.
--1904 Bessie Anderson Stanley
was written as the winning entry in a contest run by Brown
Book Magazine in 1904. Bessie won a cash prize of $250 which
paid off the mortgage on the house, among other things. It was
included in Bartlett's Book of Quotations for decades, and if
you can find an old edition from the 30's or 40's, it should
be in there. They dropped it, I think in the 60's, but I don't
The family isn't sure how the poem got mangled and attributed
to Emerson, but it was further confused by Ann Landers and her
sister Abby. Ann Landers used to (mis)quote it all the time
and cite Emerson as the source. My great-uncle Art, a retired
federal judge who died last March, and she had a decade-long
correspondence as he argued for a public correction. She
finally conceded and in her book, The Ann Landers
Encyclopedia, prints the whole story.
Larson, a granddaughter of Bessie Stanley)
Thanks to robinsweb.com for this info.
|That Man is a Success
Who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
Who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of children;
Who has filled his niche
and accomplished his task;
Who leaves the world better than he found it,
whether by improved poppy, a perfect poem,
or a rescued soul;
Who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty
or failed to express it.
Who looked for the best in others
and gave the best he had.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
people measure success internally. Others measure it by wealth,
appearance, and popularity. Some try to find an internal-external
We're used to establishing our personal scores by
comparison. You may
define yourself as only the sum of what you purchase or produce.
is always someone wealthier, more attractive, or more popular. The
is always just out of reach.
Try a balance or an alternative. Put more time into
things with no discernible
score. Nurture friendships with people outside your competitive
in the woods, read novels, listen to music, meditate, laugh loudly, play
children and animals, secretly pick up litter, give things away.
Alter your goals to include an investment in the internal
quality of each day
and in each interaction with a living thing. You'll win in the
long run, if you
still want to, because you'll be the prize.
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
successful life for a man or for a woman seems to me to lie
that one has developed to the limit the capacities
one was endowed;
that one has contributed something
family and friends and to
a home community;
that one has brought
happiness wherever it was possible;
that one has earned one's way in the
world, has kept some friends,
and need not be ashamed to face oneself