The Meaning of Success

What is success? Is it obtaining material wealth? If this is the case then some of the greatest leaders the world has ever known failed. Jesus of Nazareth, Oskar Schindler and Mother Teresa died penniless or pretty close to it. Yet one cannot say they were not successful in their life’s work.

Is it fame or how about education? Does getting into a prestigious university make one successful? Or is success merely a fanciful word we throw around, but we really don’t know what it is? Perhaps we are looking in the wrong places.

Success will only be found if one first explores the reasons for our existence. We must search for our purpose and understand what our passions are. In short we must have a dream. And finally we must grasp what our gifts and talents are.

One of my young mentees understood it best. This is what he wrote me in a letter from prison, “Augie, it has been said that a man is not ready to live until he finds a purpose to die for. I just want you to know that I am now ready to live.” Well said.

Success is to live your dream.


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