To Have Succeeded

What will success look like? It is a time-honored and critical question used to paint a visionary picture of the desired outcomes of work efforts. Its intent is to capture the “big picture” of desired, tangible and, potentially, intangible results.

Just as the question relates to business work efforts, it applies to the work effort of our life’s journey. What will success look like at the end of days? Our beautiful and wondrous diversity provides a plethora of answers including: inner peace, loving what you do, power, prominence, money, making a difference in other people’s lives, and so many other answers. May we remember that there are no wrong answers, only different ones because we are different.

In his poem, What Is Success, Ralph Waldo Emerson suggests a visionary picture of success which we can all share. May you pause a moment and reflect on it.

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and
sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you
have lived –
This is to have succeeded.

In all that you do and in all who you are in your life’s journey, may Emerson’s words gently cloak the immeasurable and wondrous gifts you give the world because you choose to understand what success will look like in your life. Your best is yet to come.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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