Modern definitions of success have always been associated with fame and fortune.If you have reached a certain level wherein people look up to you for your respectable title or envy you for your riches, you are deemed successful. While I understand the allure that this status brings, I can’t help but wonder what comes next after you have achieved this? If you are neither popular nor wealthy, does it mean you aren’t successful?
In perhaps thousands of definitions of success, I have found an inspiring definition of success that we could all adopt.
It is a beautifully worded poem entitled “Success” by the 19th century American writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
To laugh often and love much:To win respect of intelligent peopleAnd the affection of children;To earn the approbation of honest criticsAnd endure the betrayal of false friends;To appreciate beauty;To find the best in others;To give one’s self;To leave the world a little better,Whether by a healthy child,A garden patch,Or redeemed social condition;To have played and laughed with enthusiasmAnd sung with exultation;To know even one life has breathed easierBecause you have lived…This is to have succeeded.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe success is being able to live each day with passion and centered on a purpose. If I were to make a quote on how to live a successful life it would be this:
“Go ahead! Apply yourself! Go out of your comfort zone! It doesn’t matter if the world responds in kind.You have touched the world.You have left your mark.”
How about you? How do you define success? Is there a particular success definition you’d like to adopt? Feel free to share your thoughts !