What is your idea of "success"? Is it a lot of money, fame, power, good health, family, spirituality or closeness to God, art, philanthropy, idealism?
I recently came across this short poem, and I'd just like to share it...
Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Below is an image of the successful 19th century American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was famous as an essayist, lecturer and poet.
(A 1940 U.S. stamp honoring Ralph Waldo Emerson)