Tuesday, December 28, 2010



This is such an elusive term to define.  Sure we can look to a dictionary to define the actual word.  (See next.)

success |səkˈses|nounthe accomplishment of an aim or purpose the president had some success in restoring confidence.• the attainment of popularity or profit the success of his play.• a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity I must make a success of my business.• archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin successus, from the verbsuccedere come close after’ (see succeed ).
But how do you define success?
This term, I'm taking a business ethics class.  Just before the Christmas break we watched a recording of a visit by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to the business school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  During this visit, students from the various degree programs in the school of business had the opportunity to ask these two gentlemen a variety of questions.  The very last question had to do with how they measured and defined their success.  Warren Buffett said something that has stuck with me
It goes to the effect of, "You have lived a successful life if later in life the people you hoped would love you, do."
Now, that's a rough quote.  I'm sure I've butchered it.  But the sentiment remains the same.  We get so caught up (I know I do) in comparing our journey to others'.  "She's married, I'm not."  "She just got a book deal, I'm stuck in revision-mode (or first draft mode or whatever)."  "That person just got an agent."  "I'm still going to school and that person's off in a wildly successful career."
At this time of year, as we go about closing the door on one year and opening the window to the next, setting resolutions, goals, etc, let's all try to remember that true success comes in many different forms.


  1. Great post, Stephanie. I always use this time of year to look back and see if I met my goals for the past year.

  2. Wonderful post! I often get stuck in the negativity when I don't accomplish the goals I've set for myself. I agree that it is very important to remember the success comes in all kinds of forms. This is something that I have to remind myself of all the time.

  3. LOVE that quote. I'm going to have to remember that one. So true.

  4. Great reminder. It's easy to focus on what you don't have and what others do have. We're just on different points of our journey, is all! and the measure of success can be diff for diff people too, I think.

  5. I love this post, Stephanie. Thank you for the reminder. I need to start looking at success not as a measure of how I compare to others, but how happy and fulfilled I am myself.

  6. Success truly does come in many different forms. I think it's important to get our priorities straight and make sure that even if we don't succeed in one area, succeeding in another can be just as important.

  7. That's a great quote and so true. I think with the publishing industry and all the "no"s, it's important to define our success by how much we enjoy the journey, not necessarily by getting published and comparing ourselves to others. A great thing to think about as we start a new year.


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