Success Defines Us

If you're to ask everyone you have met for his or her definition of success, no two answers would be exactly alike nor should they be. My personal definition of success is the daily realization of predetermined worthwhile desirable goals.

Socrates was convinced that we give the best attention to the least important things and the smallest amount attention towards the things of the highest importance. He believed that wealth doesn't achieve excellence, but excellence brings about wealth and all other private and non-private blessings for men. It was the state of our souls which was most important to Socrates: the inner life of every person, greatness of spirit, wisdom, inner excellence.

Once we give precedence to inner, both inner and outer fall into place. When we follow the opposite course, emptiness will result. Success as I define it begins with something in the inner existence of thought, feeling, imagination, and judgment. Success as I define it resonates deeply with our innermost needs and values, which then naturally manifests in the outer world. Only then can we attain the harmony and balance necessary for true happiness and true success.

The hunt for achievement ought to be an exciting and fulfilling adventure, where the thrill is in the journey. One should not approach the road to success with the wrong mindset. We travel today to achieve success tomorrow. Aspirations to succeed and excel need to drive us every day. Or, most days, anyway!

What would you like?

We require a clear conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal or set of goals powerfully imagined. What do you want to be? What do you want to do? Do you think you're getting closer towards achieving your goals? If not, why not? What are you waiting for? If you are moving in a general direction you feel good about, are you making the sort of progress you think is suitable?

You can do it!

We must have confidence that we are able to attain our goals. When we set ourselves high goals, we always face a challenge. The great Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James said that we must learn to banish unhelpful doubts and cultivate beneficial self-confidence. When setting new goals we believe in, higher goals we aspire to, and when facing new opportunities for growth and development, it is easy for doubt to rush in.


Dreamers can live inside the confines of condition and often are unable to accomplish anything in the real world. Their imaginations are in gear, their visions are vivid, but they're unable to make the leap from their dreams toward their goals. We have to focus on making things happen; what it requires to get from A to Z, if you will.


We need an emotional commitment to the importance of what we're doing, and to the people with whom we're doing it. This is a commitment expressed not in an individual action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time but in an entire way of life. It means committing one's self to being a successful person. In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi, The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Finally, remember that how we define success defines us. How do you define success? How does society define you?


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