Success is a process


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I love words. I’m a writer, so that’s a good thing. I’ve always been fascinated by word origins, and the way different phrases have come into being.
Today, I was thinking about the word “success”… and that made me think of “succession” as in doing one thing after another.
Here’s something I found at dictionary.com:

Word Origin & History —  success

1530s, “result, outcome,” from L. successus  “an advance,succession, happy outcome,” from succedere  “come after” (seesucceed). Meaning “accomplishment of desired end” ( good success) first recorded 1580s. Successor  “one who comes after” isrecorded from late 13c.

“The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That– with the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease.” [William James to H.G. Wells, Sept. 11,1906]

I do a lot of reading, not only books but also online. And I constantly come across emails, Tweets,articles and blogs that focus on the overwhelming desire for success that seems to have grabbed all of us by the throat.

But what does it really mean?  To succeed at anything means simply that you accomplish it. If you want to bake a cake or build a house, and you set about gathering the materials and necessary instructions and help, and then you do it, then you have succeeded.  But if you went way over budget or took much too long with the project, or the results were unsatisfactory, you might not feel very successful.

What makes you feel successful? I believe it is not so much the “what” of it that matters, but rather the process you go through of pushing yourself to do the best you can, and not giving up.  That means that just getting up each day and intending to be productive in one way or another (which can include creative time and meditating that might not be materially productive but leads to spiritual growth) means you ALREADY are a success!

your happiness guru,

Evelyn Brooks

Comments (4)

Jeannette Koczela

August 22, 2010

Yes, Yes! I think we all need to be reminded that success is a succession of successful moments when we do something towards our goals and also a process or journey---not an end result. When we look into the lives successful people we admire, we discover that they didn't stop---they are still seeking new accomplishments and making new goals. That's why it's so important to enjoy the process! Thanks for your excellent reminders.

Jeannette Koczela

August 22, 2010

Yes, Yes! I think we all need to be reminded that success is a succession of successful moments when we do something towards our goals and also a process or journey---not an end result. When we look into the lives successful people we admire, we discover that they didn't stop---they are still seeking new accomplishments and making new goals. That's why it's so important to enjoy the process! Thanks for your excellent reminders.

Evelyn Brooks

August 26, 2010

I think we can hear so many messages about keeping our eye on the goal, keep focused on the outcome, etc that we really do forget to enjoy the journey for its own sake! Thanks for the thoughtful comments here. :-)

Evelyn Brooks

August 26, 2010

I think we can hear so many messages about keeping our eye on the goal, keep focused on the outcome, etc that we really do forget to enjoy the journey for its own sake! Thanks for the thoughtful comments here. :-)

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