Success is Personal

May 19, 2009 af093669

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” – Anna Quindlen (1953 – )


Success is personal. According to, success is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. It comes in many forms; such as a long awaited promotion, getting your dream job, owning your own business, or maybe just being content and finding happiness in life. I believe there are two secrets to success. One, do something you love and two, think positive. To accomplish anything in life, one must have passion and excitement; negative feeling should be kept at bay. They should never come in the way of your dream. They should never detour your climb to success.

Obstacles hamper people’s desire for success. Especially now when the economy is so horrible, people may have to lower their ability to hold out for their dream job. They wind up settling with careers that are easily obtainable and available, but not necessarily personally satisfying. I believe that this is the worst possible way to deal with the economic depression, and definitely not a way to succeed in it. In my eyes, he or she will not thrive at that job, because accomplishment is a feeling, and an achievement one receives when a goal is reached. Thus, all those people who settled for the job they needed do not feel success, because that job was never their dream.

Work is much easier and satisfying when you are doing something you love. When you do something you love, effort is never sensed. Yes, you will need to work hard and overcome struggles, but this work will not be classified by the typical work definition of effort applied to produce a deliverable or accomplish a task. This work will be defined as extra time spent on an activity you love. As a result, doing something you love will only make this work easier.

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” –Unknown

I believe that the secret to life is positive thinking. I am an optimist, so I come from a world where anything can happen. I truly feel negative comments can stop success. When someone believes that they can accomplish their aspiration, they are that much closer to victory. On the other hand, a worker that continues to believe they will never get a raise, sure enough, will never really get a raise. Once a thought is perceived in your head, you tend to live by and believe in it. Thus, if you believe that you’ll succeed in your job and get that raise you-definitely will!

Positive thinking also deals with confidence in your ideas. You must have a belief in yourself that whatever you are doing will be triumphant. Sure you can have fears, and moments of doubt that your dream job may not actually exist, but those worries shouldn’t take up a minute more of your time. The greatest inventors and historians of our time have met defeat at least once on their journey towards success. But this defeat did not stop them from their dream. They had confidence that their goal would be met, and they didn’t give up. They were persistent, and believed in themselves and their dream.

It is not a wonder that people who are successful are drawn to New York. People perform to their ultimate ability when they have a desire to succeed. New York in itself is the ultimate. It is a measure of success in itself. Thus, success and New York are synonymous.

In conclusion, as stated on Wikipedia success is the level of social status. You could read all the quotes listed, hear accounts of successful stories in New York, and maybe even create your own. But, if you do not believe in yourself success is not attainable. Success is personal.

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