Tuesday Tidbit #45: On Success
Do you consider yourself successful and, if you do, how have you measured your Success?
Growing up in the 1970's, my idea of Success was "having it all". I wanted a career
(I wanted to be a lawyer once upon a time!) and a family. That, I assumed, was what
Success looked like. You know what they say about the 'best-
But, Success can take many forms. To a movie producer, Success might be creating
a #1 movie. An author's Success might be a New York Times Bestseller. An actor's
Success might be winning an Oscar. To a lawyer, Success may be winning a multi-
What about the Successes that are quieter, yet still incredibly important?
How about an animal shelter that adopts out a senior dog who has lived there for several years? A child with Special Needs who begins to understand how to put sounds together to make words or is included in a social group? A person with physical limitations who is finally able to take a first step or wakes up one morning without pain? These Successes are every bit as important as the ones above.
Success depends on your point of view and on your place in the world. Who's to gauge their importance except the persons affected by them?
So, when you see someone fighting the quiet battles and they Succeed, be sure to
celebrate them as much as that Oscar-
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