Word Origin & History — success
“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,