Here is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s perspective on success:
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
Success looks different to each of us. Some differences are slight, others are grand. I was asked to define success and significance this past week, here is my perspective:
success (n): the sense of achievement that sustains an overall feeling of well-being and happiness (improving one’s self)
Significance (n): the influence and contribution of beneficial work that impacts others either in the local community, nationally, or internationally (or more simply put, making a difference beyond ourselves)
So while these are my perspectives on success and significance, they may not be the same for many others.
Whether your success is similar or very different from mine, our perspectives are equally important in obtaining and maintaining full-fulfillment in the life we have.
What success looks like to each one of us should influence where we choose to place our commitments, whether it be the place we choose to live, the job we take, or who we love…all should influence us to the success we see, and the significance we want to have.
So…what does success look like to you? How do you see your life being significant?