How Do You Measure Your Success?

Is success having a big house?


A Haiku - Success

Becoming our best

Represents, tests our success.

Add success today?

How do you measure your success?

Is your success simply a big house, an expensive car, public acclaim, even fame?

Some murderers are famous.

Some who had the acclaim of the public fell from grace when it was discovered what they were really like.

Is being rich your goal, your definition of success?

Rich folks can collect expensive cars and often have a big house....or two.

Even if you and I are not rich, we are spending and investing.

We are spending our lifetime. We are investing our time and efforts.

We may not measure our success by the standards of the world, such as money and fame.

It isn't the success that others see in us. It's the success we see in ourselves.

Perhaps a better measure is achieving such goals as a successful marriage, raising fine children, leaving the world a better place than it was when we arrived, easing others' burdens, advancing knowledge and understanding, standing for what is right, teaching something worthwhile, encouraging others, writing something memorable, or as simple as being a good example.

How many of those people you consider to be successful are actually happy? How many will spend their last years content that they have truly been successful?

Are you successful?

Will your last years be years of contentment?

I suspect that how we "spend" our time, and how we "invest" our efforts, will have a great deal to do with what success we achieve, and what contentment we will feel in our last years.

Time will tell.

I wish you much true success.

There is no success that could ever compensate for failure in the home.



Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for reading this article. I hope you will leave a comment of your own and add to what the next reader can ponder here.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

The definition of success is different to different people, but I love your emphasis on contentment. Cheers!

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Everyone's "contentment level" may be different, too. For some, contentment may be a paycheck every Friday, and bottles of beer while watching football games on Saturday and Sunday after sleeping late! They might, however, have a different measure of their success, some looking back to their "glory days" of playing football themselves, or seeing a child graduate from college as the first one in the family to do so, etc. I bet you can do a great Hub on the subject. If you do one, I will surely read it for your insights.

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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

You are so right. True success is happiness with yourself and your life.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - "Contentment" is a really big word. Easy to spell and hard to achieve, a worthwhile goal that should always be out in front of us.

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