Posted by dreamersmith 5 years, 2 months ago to Philosophy
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Some would define success as “having arrived” at a final destination. Others measure success through the progress they make while working towards the accomplishment of a challenge. Whether you consider “success” to be a destination or the journey towards a conclusion, it entails inspiration (to identify what could be), deliberation (to consider the benefits AND the ramifications of change) and transformation (intentional action to initiate change) to be realized.

Success is not defined by what (or how much) we do nor by where we end up in comparison with where we began. Success measures both what we accomplish AND what we have been able to learn from our experiences along the way. Simply being busy – or doing things – does not guarantee success. We must perform with purpose – moving towards defined objectives – to experience success.

Success is not a measure of what (or how much) one has but rather of what (or how much) one has invested to attain it. Success is not something that can be granted, bestowed or declared by others – it is an accomplishment or series of planned activities that, when internalized by an individual as being significant to him- or herself, results in the proclamation of achievement through words, actions or attitudes.

Does a child hurt (and cry) less if falling when nobody is watching than if someone rushes to provide comfort

and care? Is their crying more the result of an action (a fall) OR an action seeking results (comfort to counteract the fall)? Do we learn more from the fall or from the comfort received from another because we fell? If a tree falls in the forest with nobody near to hear it, is there sound? Is noise a consequence of waves received or the result of waves generated – a process or a product? Is success achieved because a series of actions culminates in the accomplishment of a goal OR is the growth experienced as we initiate and work through the actions themselves a better barometer of success?

Rather than striving to achieve success, perhaps it would be better if we invested our talents and abilities to seek achievement, allowing our actions to create success. Rather than seeking recognition, praise or notoriety we should recognize (and accept) that we will become “significant” when our efforts are recognized by others, attracting the attention they deserve.

In life, success typically breeds more success (NEVER being content to rest upon its laurels) while uncorrected or unresolved failure perpetuates continued failings (unless or until something happens to break the pattern of non-achievement). Celebrate the successes you achieve but do not rest upon (or within) the past or your achievements will become your ceiling rather than your floor. Success follows our opening up new chapters in life rather than from our closing old ones – from our initiating new beginnings rather than from resting within old ends. ONLY when we reach for the stars – stretching beyond what can be easily attained – we will experience success. Only when we EXPERIENCE success will it become real.

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  • Posted by Zenphamy 5 years, 2 months ago
    For myself I was able to understand early on, that in my case, success was to be the search with the ultimate goal to be the gathering of tools along the way to facilitate the furthering of the search.

    Or as one my earliest mentors described it to me, i'd encounter a lot of men in my life with 20 yrs of experience, but I'd find only a few with 20 yrs of experiences. Which did I want to be? It's been much more than 20 yrs now, and I'm not done yet.
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  • Posted by flanap 5 years, 2 months ago
    Success is one of the most relative abstractions man has ever's definition is as varied as the number of men who have ever existed.

    Most would say the Jesus Christ did not succeed, but that depends on their POV, and whether they can determine what He was attempting to succeed at.
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