Monday, October 11, 2004

Webster can take his definition of success and.....change it.

The definition of success, like many immeasurable things, varies with whom you ask. Many people base success on money -- the thought that whatever money you receive is a sliding scale on how you perform and your inherent worth. Your family members may compare you to Cousin Richard who works on Wall Street making a cool million a year, while you’re living in what your daddy calls the “low-rent” district of McBee, SC, editing copy for the local daily. Journalists aren’t exactly pullin’ home what Labron James calls “money.” But their job is important nonetheless, and as long as it is done to the fullest, success is achieved.

The key to making sure that success does not fail you, is to change your definition of success. Shifting from money as the indication of success is tough. Think about the following:

Charles Schwab -- President of the largest independent steel company, died broke.

Ivar Kreuger -- Great Swedish financier and industrialist, who in 1929 was worth around 100 billion, committed suicide

These examples are from John Maxwell’s “Your Road Map for Success.”

Changing your personal definition of success, instead of adopting and following what society has put on you, is essential. Model your definition around you --- you’re the one who knows you best. It’s not a cop-out, it’s realistic.

If you work at a job you love, like someone said before, it’s not a job, it’s a hobby you’re paid for.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

S.K. Bowen III


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