Success…..

For that’s all there is to success is satisfaction. – July 29, 1928   Will Rogers

It really is as simple as what Will says here. If you are satisfied with your life and what you do then you are a success.

  • Some people equate success with how much money they earn.
  • Some, especially those in Washington and corporate boardrooms equate it with how much power they have.
  • Some say it is the number of Face book friends you have

Most definitions of success are based on material goods. Having the right car, home, money in the bank is what most of us think we need to be satisfied. The trouble with basing success on material things is there the definitions of enough is constantly changing. If we accumulate $200,000 then we think that $500,00 will give us satisfaction. It becomes a never-ending spiral and success is never really attained.

It is unfortunate that it takes many years to come to the realization that Will got it straight. You are a success when you are satisfied  with what you have.  The journey is really a minor part of the success battle.  We old-timers, like everyone else,  usually learn this lesson after the fact.

But then again if you are satisfied with only a few accomplishments are you aiming too low and depriving society of your contributions? Ahhh, there’s the rub…..

But what do I know….

2 comments

  1. Maybe success should not measured by what you are or how much money you have….. but by how many obstacles you had to overcome to get where you are now. So when you look at a rich CEO you may think “wow, now he is successful”, but he may have had the advantage of wealthy parents, good college, being white and male, and did not have to struggle…just stepped into his life. Then you look at the janitor in your building and you may think “wow what a loser”, when in reality he may have overcome poverty, illness, tragedy, etc… and has landed on his feet. You must get to know someone to truly know if he is a winner or a loser. I read this or something like this a long time ago and it’s a good reminder not to judge a book by it’s cover.
    By the way, I think you, R.J. ,are a shining example of a successful man.

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  2. Well thank you Jane. I totally agree with what you say here about adversity. I imagine that you, like me, have had your share in life. But as you say that is what builds character. I don’t like putting people in boxes but if you are fed life with a silver spoon you have a very good chance of becoming someone with little character…

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