Success is not defined by what (or how much) we do nor by where we end up in comparison with where we began. Success measures both what we accomplish AND what we have been able to learn from our experiences along the way. Simply being busy – or doing things – does not guarantee success. We must perform with purpose – moving towards defined objectives – to experience success.
Success is not a measure of what (or how much) one has but rather of what (or how much) one has invested to attain it. Success is not something that can be granted, bestowed or declared by others – it is an accomplishment or series of planned activities that, when internalized by an individual as being significant to him- or herself, results in the proclamation of achievement through words, actions or attitudes.
Does a child hurt (and cry) less if falling when nobody is watching than if someone rushes to provide comfort
Rather than striving to achieve success, perhaps it would be better if we invested our talents and abilities to seek achievement, allowing our actions to create success. Rather than seeking recognition, praise or notoriety we should recognize (and accept) that we will become “significant” when our efforts are recognized by others, attracting the attention they deserve.