success and happiness meaning

Success in not an accident. It is the result of our attitude and our attitude is a choice. hence success is a matter of choice and not chance.

Most crackpots keep waiting for a jackpot. But can that bring success?

A priest was driving by and saw an exceptionally beautiful farm. he stopped his car to appreciate the bountiful crp. The farmer was riding on his tractor and saw the priest at the corner. He drove towards the Priest and when he got there the priest said, “God has blessed you with a beautiful farm. You should be grateful for it. The farmer replied, “Yes, God has blessed me with a beautiful farm and I am grateful for it, but you should have seen this farm when God had the whole farm to himself!

How come one person moves forward with one success after another, and yet some are still getting ready?

How come one man goes through life crossing one hurdle after another, accomplishing his goals while another struggles and gets nowhere?

If the answer to these two questions can become part of the curriculum, it could revolutionize the educational system. The uncommon man seeks opportunity, whereas the common man seeks security. We need to keep our minds on what we want, not on what we don’t want.

What is success?

A lot of research has gone into the subject of success and failure. All that we need to do is learn our lessons form history.

When we study the life histories of successful people, we find that they have certain qualities in common no matter which period of history they lived in.

Success leaves clues and if we identify and adopt the qualities of successful people, we shall be successful.

Similarly, there are characteristics common in all failures. If we avoid those characteristics, then we shall not be failures.

Success is no mystery, but simply the result of consistently applying some basic principles.

The reverse is as true: Failure is simply a result of making a few mistakes repeatedly. All of this might sound too simplistic, but the fact is that most truths are very simple. I’m not saying they are easy, but they certainly are simple.

What makes a person successful? How do we recognize success?

To some people, success might mean wealth. To other, it is recongition, good health, good family, happiness, satisfaction, and peace of mind. What this really tells us is that success is subjective. It can mean different things to different people. The definition that I feel summarizes “success” well is:

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.
————Earl Nightingale

let’s look at these definitions carefully.

“Progressive” means that success is a journey, not a destination. We never arrive. After we reach one goal, we go on to the next and the next and the next.

Realization” means it is an experience. Outside forces cannot make me feel successful. I have to feel it within myself. It is internal not external.

“Worthy” refers to our value system. Which way are we heading? Positive or negative? Worthiness determines the quality of the journey.

That is what gives meaning and fulfillment. Success without fulfillment is empty.

Why? “Goals” are important.

Because they give us a sense of direction.
Success does not mean being accepted by everyone. There are some groups i would not want to be accepted by, out of choice, I would rather be criticized by fools than appreciated by unsavory characters.

I define success as a manifestation of good luck that results from inspiration, aspiration, desperation and perspiration; generally in that sequence.

Success and happiness go in hand in hand. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get!

The Winning edge

In order to get the winning edge, we need to strive for excellence, not perfection. Striving for perfection is neurotic; striving for excellence is progress, because there is nothing that can’t be done better or improved.

All that we need is a little edge. The winning horse in the races wins 5-to-1 or 10-to-1. Do you think he is five or ten times faster than the other horses? Of course not. He may only be faster by a fraction, by a nose, but the rewards are five or ten times greater.

Is it fair? Who cares? It doesn’t matter. Those are the rules of the game. That is the way the game is played. The same is true in our lives. Successful people are not ten times smarter than the people who fail. They may be better by a nose, but the rewards are ten times bigger.

We don’t need to improve 1,000% in any one area. All we need is to improve 1% in 1,000 different areas, which is a lot easier. That is the winning edge!