The Definition of Success

There is no definition. Please allow me to clarify. There is no perfect definition of the term “success” for all of us. While the dictionary may define success simply as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”, what you see as an accomplishment (or success) is not necessarily what another person may see as an accomplishment (or success). But all too often, we are subscribing to another person's definition of success for our own lives.

I've made a conscious decision to ensure that my definition is one that is right for me. One that I have decided upon. No employer, organization, government, or group of people should decide what success looks like for me.

I have actually decided to embody the quote that so often is mistakenly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but was in fact stated by Bessie Anderson Stanley. I've found my definition. As you look towards 2019, I encourage you to find yours:

"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 have lived. This is to have succeeded."   

We have about 30 days left in 2018, folks. How are your goals wrapping up? If they aren't quite where they need to be, then it's really time to stop running the hamster wheel of futility. It's time to shift your mindset and partner with individuals who can help you achieve your goals sooner rather than later. Interested? Then click on the logos at the top or bottom of this post for more information (or just email me). Looking forward to chatting soon!

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