What is Success to You?


What is Success to You?
A few years ago ‘de-motivator’ posters became all the rage. The idea was to send a message while offering a dark kind of comfort. Here are a couple of my favorite captions as best my memory serves;

    • If at first you don’t succeed…maybe failure is your thingfailure is your thing pic
    • Perhaps your life is just to serve as a warning to othersyour life a warning

The first had a dejected baseball player sitting on the bench, and the second had a half-sunken barge in the middle of the ocean. Almost immediately we all get the
importance of success, but think a little deeper…
Why Does Success Matter?

On the surface, success matters because failure is so bad. It does seem that most people operate with this kind of thought in the back of their minds somewhere. You know, it’s simple. If you don’t have money, friends, a lover, and stuff…life will be awful. Then again, I’ve worked with people over the years who fret over their money, are frustrated with their friends, want to get away from their lover, and are pretty bored with their stuff . In this kind of circumstance we find the first key to succeeding. Success is always relative. Success is always a ‘compared to what’ phenomenon. Success is driven by, and dies by, comparison. Are you a success? According to whom or according to what standard? Honestly it just gets down to definitions.

Toward a Definition of Success

Clear definitions can solve all kinds of problems, especially

Just definitions either prevent or put an end to
disputes. -Emmons

So, before I tell you mine, what is yours?

Fred Ray Lybrand