21 Iconic Leaders Define Success

So what does Success really mean to those who try so hard to get it, yet it moves further and further away as they draw near. Trying the short route some play the lotto… anticipating overnight success. Some marry rich. Some scheme, connive, and conspire just to taste the mouthwatering trappings of success.

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, Beyoncé, Adele, Will, Denzel Washington, Taylor Swift, and the list goes on. Without a doubt few will argue that these individuals experienced success. Come to think of it, Michael Jackson even produced an album 5 years after his death! Now to many…that’s success! But… is it really?

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Determined to find out Why Some Individuals Succeed While Others Don’t, I decided to research the topic of success. I conducted a phenomenological study, interviewed outstanding leaders in business, and other industries. I even wrote a book on Success, and published a peer reviewed article in the JAABC Business Journal about it.

So what does Success really mean to those who try so hard to get it, yet it moves further and further away as they draw near. Trying the short route some play the lotto… anticipating overnight success. Some marry rich. Some scheme, connive, and conspire just to taste the mouthwatering trappings of success.

Personally, I sought to educate myself not necessarily with the focus of being successful since I already was …as I defined it. I went to college earned several degrees including two Masters, and a Doctorate, combined with many years in International Business. Now some would admit that I am successful as society envisions it, but bearing the delectable scars of student loans, how many would agree? (Couldn’t resist that ..smile).

“Success is definitively defined as the attainment of wealth, honors and the like”

So I have pulled together definitions from 21 of Society’s Iconic leaders. Take a look. Reflect. Adopt one, or share your own definition.  Remember it has always been said that only you can define what success really means to you.

John Wooden

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

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Michelle Obama
Success is not about how much money you make but about the difference you make in people’s lives.

Winston Churchill

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

Thomas Edison

Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

Steven Covey

If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience you will find your definition of success.

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Colin Powell
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.

Nelson Mandela

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

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Albert Einstein
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value

Woody Allen

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Barack Obama

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

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Maya Angelou
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Mary Kay Ash

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.

Alexander Graham Bell

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Ellen DeGeneres

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose. When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.

Michael Dell

You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.

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Oprah Winfrey
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.


Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Napoleon Hill

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

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Mother Teresa
To love others as God loves you, that is the measure of success.

 

So there you have it. 21 of Society’s Iconic leaders as they defined success. Look at them again… for a few times if necessary. Pause; reflect; adopt one; or share your own definition.

Remember, only YOU can define what success really means to you.

What’s your definition?

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Of Luxury and Away Time


Peace, quiet, calm, serenity. That’s what weekends, holidays, vacations are for. To reboot, unwind, and get back in the game.

As workaholics, we don’t often do it. We feel it’s a Luxury  that we cannot afford. Still, we spend time wishing, hoping, even complaining at times. But we can do anything that we put our minds to.  And …relaxing is one of the most important things to do.

So plan a getaway! Or a Staycation! It will work wonders for your mind, your work, your business, career, and your life.

Breathe.

Beneath The Surface…

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What we don’t see….CAN hurt. Violence, anger, strife, held beneath the surface can cause harm.  Such harm often leads to hurt, fear, pain that maim, and even ultimate death.

Look around. This has been on the rise. Happening often with the common comment “quiet person causes no harm”.

 

Silent River Runs Deep.

Silent River Runs Deep… is an old fable that seems to be  applicable these days.

Woke up to the news that a father shot his 2 kids then  turned the gun on himself. The feedback …”good parent, no signs of child abuse, always good father”. And there are many many more stories like this.

What’s going on?… is the common question.

Time for society to pull together. To work together within our communities to help. Signs. There are always signs. If only we see, if only our eyes are open. We’re now a society with heads down. Heads down in our phone. Heads down in virtuality, when the real world holds us as victims.

It’s time to raise our heads up. Open our eyes. Take a look at our neighbors, coworkers, friends, families; and at times our foes; our haters, our enemies. Let’s look; recognize the signals being sent. All around us there are signs.

Let’s not wait until it’s ….too late.

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9 Things To Do To Retire at 25, 40, 65. 


The daily grind. Don’t you just hate it? Day after day you get up, do the same thing over and over, and over again. Alive but never really living. You dream of  lazy days; or those days when you’ll be able to do just what you want to do. Be careful what you wish for though, because that too can become….. exciting? a thrill? mundane?

But if your dreams, hopes and aspirations is to Retire at age 25, 40, or the usual 65 (bearing in mind that work continues way beyond 65 these days)… then  Go for it!!   Here are 9 Things to do:

1. Learn a new language.

2. Learn to play a musical instrument.

3. Travel for fun (not business).

4. Write a book.

5. Reflect on your spirituality.

6. Mentor youths (helps you stay young).

7. Become a trader (for fun). Helps keep your eye on your financial viability.

8. Get involved in your community.

9. Expand your mind, earn a PhD

 

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Just Write


Waiting for the Write moment seldom happens. It retards my goal.

So just write I say!

I start… then slowly the Write moment rears its beautiful head.

My journey has begun.

And I smile ….

 

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Storm…Yet Still I Write

A quiet room, an empty page

 

Then suddenly a storm. Nature bursts forth it’s mighty power!

Yet still I write

What’s deep inside beckons to come forth softly, quietly with a shout!

Freed…

 

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I Write Because….

I now write with that sense of urgency to get what’s inside of me ….I write because I have learned from the mistakes and mishaps of others.

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I write because…hmmm…I don’t know (smile). I have never really given much thought to it. Maybe it’s because it’s in me and I love doing it! I’m at peace when I write. I write because maybe there’s a Focused sense of urgency. Throughout my life I remember my mom ‘writing‘ her book. Her story. She wrote in hardcover note books, pieces of paper, typewriter. Then years later she died with her story still inside.

I write because my sister too wanted to write her story. Ravished by cancer, she was hardly able to concentrate. A teacher by profession, she wrote in journals, in her phone, computer, anything she could get her hands on. Then as death drew near, she voiced her writings.

But for me as I reflect on this prompt, I now write with that sense of urgency to get what’s inside of me ….what I’m pregnant with… to give birth to the dreams, and thoughts of those who gave something deep inside of them, but wasn’t able to share. I write because I have learned from the mistakes and mishaps of others.

I gave my writing a push-start with my first common entrance exam for placement in high school back when I was only 10 years old. Even now I can remember clearly how much I enjoyed writing that short story; that essay. For me it didn’t seem like an exam. Staring at my past as I journeyed, this passion seemed to have followed me throughout life as a HR expert when I wrote policies. As a health administrator, I did all the writings for the medical practices, rummaging through those ceilings of state and federal business applications for practice management came so easy to me. Later, as I gleaned over my doctoral research, not only did I write my research but I published it my first book on Success Strategies.

With renewed zest, I now write not only for enjoyment but to encourage others that they too can accomplish whatever they want to achieve in life. I envision a world where everyone can be successful, however they define it…., whatever ‘it’ means to them. That my dear readers is why I write.

Thank you WordPress team for refining my skills to my audience. One love!

Cheers!

Private Note to You My Love

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It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you. I miss your touch. I miss your love. I miss you. I long for the way you look at me, with longing of love so sweet. I miss our talks. Our walks. Your stares. Your smile. Oh how I miss you.
And though you’re far away in that unknown land that I’ve never been, I want you to know that my love for you remains strong with the warmth of Expectation that one day soon we’ll be together again.