What is Success? // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

What is success?

The corporate world has measured success by wealth — until the great giants (Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Anderson) toppled.

Companies that seemed successful, at a deeper level, really weren’t. Wall Street is still reeling from the impact.

George Barna reports that there is a general mistrust of leadership across America — and rightfully so. We are beginning to wake up and realize that there’s more to success than gaining more power, more popularity, more bucks.

Perhaps we need a new definition of success. Or maybe, the ancient definition should be dusted off and re-applied.

The “winning is the only thing” mentality might win some football games (Lombardi style), but it is a terrible philosophy for those who truly want to live their moments.

Thoreau sets us straight when he reminds us, “The price of anything is the amount of life you are willing to pay for it.”

The problem with the rat race is simply this — even if you win, you’re still a rat! How sad to spend a life “climbing the ladder” and when you get to the top, finding out that it is leaning against the wrong building. You’ve arrived at the wrong “top”.

What is success?

I agree with Bessie Anderson Stanley’s definition. Although written almost 100 years ago, it rings true today:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, 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.

A life like this is the successful one.

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