Posts Tagged ‘Success’

What Is Success?

July 2, 2013

While “success” can be defined in a number of ways, the one that resonates the most with me is “the accomplishment (or attainment) of one’s goals.”  Most definitions include reaching some level of compensation (wealth) and/or status (social position), but I personally would not stop there.  I would add that happiness (with yourself and what you are doing) is an equally important part of the equation; for what good are the fame and the fortune if you are a miserable wretch?  Here are some quotations for us to ponder regarding success . . .

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious.  Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”  — Jim Rohn

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start  thinking of yourself as a success.”  — Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Success is a lousy teacher.  It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”  Bill Gates

Yes and No!

June 25, 2013

Here is a quotation that I encountered a few weeks ago and boy, did it capture my attention.  I don’t recall having ever met Mr. Canfield, but he certainly seems to be talking directly to me through this quotation.  Uncanny!

“There are only two words that will always lead you to success. Those words are yes and no. Undoubtedly, you’ve mastered saying yes. So start practicing saying no. Your goals depend on it!”  — Jack Canfield

What Am I Waiting For?

July 16, 2012
I don’t consider myself entrepreneurial or much of a risk-taker.  I like safe, I like comfortable, I like known, I like routine.  I used to think that if I researched an issue enough, and knew everything there was to know about something, that it would diminish these apprehensions.  But alas, it does not.  For it is during these reflective, evaluative times that “paralysis by analysis” rears its ugly head.  But having just said all of that, are there times when we really need to shake things up no matter how uncomfortable it makes us?   Sometimes you’ve just got to risk failure to succeed.   The following quotations are worth pondering in depth.  Some Monday morning food for thought.
“Don’t prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation.  The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready.”  — Steven Pressfield
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”  — J.K. Rowling

The Four Whys!

April 16, 2012

Have you ever wondered “why” you may not be as successful as you’d like?  Well, that’s a great first question (especially if you have an answer).  But until you ask (and answer) the next three questions (Why not?  Why not me?  Why not now?)  you may never truly achieve success.  For according to Jimmy Dean, “For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?”   However, I would posit that just knowing or aksing the questions is not good enough, you must also answer them.  

So, what’s the hold-up?  Could it possibly be procrastination?  Here is a great quotation  (in my humble opinion) that really captures the essense of procrastination:  “Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.”    — William James  (How true indeed.)

Okay, it’s time to quit procrastinating and to start asking and answering some questions:

  • Why?
  • Why not?
  • Why not me?
  • Why not now? 

Carpe diem, one and all!

Do You Love Your Work?

November 9, 2011

I certainly hope so.  I have been fortunate enough to have found a couple of careers where I have truly loved my work and who knows, maybe there will be a third or fourth career out there that catches my interest.  You just never know.  In the below quotation, Steve Jobs has it right . . . don’t settle for anything less in a job than that which you love doing.  In addition to the quotation from Steve Jobs, I found a few others of a similar opinion.  Happy Humpday!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”  (Steve Jobs)

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” (Betty Bender)

”To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” (Pearl S. Buck)

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” (David McCullough)

”You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” (Warren Beatty)

A Parable to Ponder!

March 2, 2011

This was forwarded to me by a friend; it is a great reminder of how we should prioritize our lives.

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard.  She did not recognize them.  She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry.  Please come in and have something to eat.”  “Is the man of the house home?”, they asked.  “No,” she replied.  “He’s out.”  “Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.  “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”  The woman went out and invited the men in.  “We do not go into a house together,” they replied.  “Why is that?” she asked.  One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.”  Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said.  Her husband was overjoyed.  “How nice!”, he said.  “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth.  Let him come and fill our home with wealth.”  His wife disagreed.  “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”  Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house.  She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love?  Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice, said the husband to his wife.  “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”   The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which of you is Love?  Please come in and be our guest.”    Love got up and started walking toward the house.  The other two also got up and followed him.  Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with Him.  Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”

To quote a song by the Beatles . . . “All you need is Love!”

First Real Test!

September 18, 2010

Okay, Spartan fans, tonight we take on good old Notre Dame . . . who’s day will end in “success?”  Last week, a much improved Michigan team (under the leadership of their new dynamo quarterback, Denard Robinson) managed to eke out a victory in the closing minute at South Bend.  Let’s hope that this week the Spartans are able to take care of business at home and send the Fighting Irish back to South Bend 1-2.  Regardless of the outcome, it should be a great game (they usually are).  Go Green!  Here’s a football demotivator courtesy of to help set the tone for tonight’s game!

Put Some “Umph” in Your Day!

June 16, 2010

Here we are at the middle of the week already . . . a perfect time to remind ourselves that often times we are successful merely because we made the attempt; sometimes though, a little more effort is required.  So, allow me to offer a couple of quotations to help exemplify this. 

“I had rather attempt something great and fail, than to attempt nothing at all and succeed.”  (Robert Schuller)

“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”  (Marvin Phillips)

Learning Opportunities!

May 19, 2010

We learn a lot through our experience.   From our successes and more importantly our mistakes we are able to glean a variety of important lessons that allow us to move forward and be successful in life.    It is only through experimentation (and the failure that goes with it) that you are able to determine what works and what doesn’t.  So, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to fail, for it moves you one step closer to success. 

“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”  — Napoleon Hill

“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”  — John Burroughs

Success vs. Failure!

April 10, 2010

I really like Bill Cosby.   And, I’ve managed to find another great quotation by Bill on success and failure.  I’ve personally experienced this and know it to be accurate.  I’ve already posted a demotivator on “success” (back in September), so here’s one on “failure” (courtesy of which is also very accurate (in a jaded sort of way).

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”  

But, then again, as pointed out in this demotivator, sometimes, no matter how much desire you have, success is not guaranteed: you still need a certain amount of talent (and perhaps even a little “luck”) from time to time.

Here are some other quotations of note (courtesy of my Cynic’s Dictionary).

Success is:
“Something that’s made a failure of many men.”  (Cindy Adams)
“Delayed failure.”  (Graham Greene)

Failure is:
“Anyone seen on a bus after the age of thirty.” (Nicholas Ray)

[Ouch! I’m not sure I agree with this one, especially when one cosiders the large and efficient mass transit systems throughout the world — a smart way to travel in some locales. But alas a quotation is a quotation, no matter how cynical.]