defining success – part 1

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
~ Vince Lombardi

My friend Leigh sent me this quote saying it would be a fascinating topic for kiwiflossnz to explore. I have pondered over the quote for two weeks and it has got me thinking about how to define success. I think to define it is impossible because success and how you measure that success is different for each individual.

For example, look closely at the next person you see sitting on a park bench watching their two children on the playground.  Maybe their measure of success is being a responsible and loving parent. For the other person sitting there, the measure of success could be being given the responsibility to look after her neighbour’s son for the day.

Having tangible goals is important for many people. The ability to define, measure and achieve goals is their benchmark for success.  An up-and-coming novelist wrote an entry for NaNoWriMo this year and despite a shaky start, she finished on time. Is she successful? One could say she is – she completed her goal within the one month timeframe. But she may not consider that her goal was successful, because in her eyes, her 2008 entry was of a higher quality.

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