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The Key Ingredients to Personal Success

Updated on April 4, 2010

Personal success may be viewed differently from person to person. As I reflected on this topic, I sat down on the creaky rocking chair with my two month old nephew in my arms. I stared bemusedly at David who was sleeping and thought long and hard about success. David gave me a half smile. Twice. I stifled my giggle for fear that I might wake him up.

"Can he read my mind?" I wondered at the half smile he gave me. My thoughts and questions continued. "What will he be like when he grows up?" I wondered some more. "What will be his dreams?" David moved restlessly in my arms. "Okay, okay." I said aloud this time. "I will let you be." He settled down again.

So what then is my definition of success? My definition of personal success in simple terms would encompass the following: achieving who I want to become, acquiring the things I want to have and do the things I want to do. It's about building character, having a purpose and a vision and living a life of abundance.

Self awareness

Personal success can only be achieved if you have a clear definition of what success is to you. Otherwise, it is just plain confusion and going around in circles. If you already know what kind of person you want to be; and know the things you want to do and the things you want to have, that is wonderful!

However, if you are still having doubts as to what you want, start writing it down now. Answer the question I posted above. Who do you want to become? What do you want to do? What do you want to have?

If you want to discover you life's purpose try to answer the following questions as well.

  • What is your passion? What do you love to do? What is that one thing that you do that you enjoy doing that you get so fired up that you will do willingly even if you will not get paid for it?
  • Where do you excel? You see, if you want to know your life's purpose and mission, you have to wear your detective hat and observe yourself closely. More often that not, we excel in what we are passionate about because we tend to do it often and with enthusiasm too!

The key ingredient to personal success is self awareness. If you are able to discover your passion and know that this is the area where you excel at, here lies the basic foundation for your personal success.

Stay Focus on Your Goal

Another key ingredient to personal success is having focus.  Into your life will come opportunities.  Doors, windows and even gates will open wide for you!  But you will not get distracted by all of these.  If you know what you want, you can go for it with mindful determination.

Another equally important point to focus or concentration is the ability to go on amidst the challenges that come your way.  People may belittle your dreams, but if you stay focused on your goal the way to success is clear.

Peace of Mind and Gratitude

The third ingredient to personal success is having peace of mind. You can achieve personal success with gratitude and peace of mind. This comes from concentrating on what you have, rather on what you don't have. Have you noticed that every time we feel grateful for something, we become more peaceful?

Every time you say "thank you" you are in fact declaring "I accept who I am. I accept what I have and where I am. I'm constantly learning and growing and it is a beautiful thing."

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie


There is a natural law that shows us the concept of cause and effect. The farmer understands this concept very well. if you want to reap a certain harvest, you need to put in the effort first. You do the work (you plant the seed, water and take care of it) and you reap your harvest. Not tomorrow mind you but later! Patience please.

If part of your definition of personal success is having a wonderful family life, then you start building your relationships with your family. Spend quality time with them, enjoy their company and so on. If your family life sucks, you need to look at what you are putting in.

There is something odd if you hear a person complaining, "I wake up early in the morning to meditate. I exercise regularly. I enjoy studying and nurturing relationships and my life sucks!"

Shine Your Light

Another key ingredient to success is acknowledging and recognizing your divinity within. You are able to shine and grow into the grandest, most wonderful version of who you are and who you can ever be, if you allow the divinity within you to come forth and shine.

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others". --Marianne Williamson

One last note

David wakes up and is now looking at me with wide eyes. I recognize that at the end of the day, personal success to me is still about giving and receiving love. It is experiencing joy in whatever situation I am in. It is about making a difference. It is about being at peace with my God.

And oh yes, it is also my desire to achieve financial wellness. Having financial freedom will enable me to do more of what I am doing now.

I wish you well in your journey to success.

By: Michelle Simtoco

SPECIAL CREDIT goes to Mike Waters for the Christian Cartoons. Used with his kind permission and blessings. To see more of his artwork, visit Joyful'

Do visit our Loving Abundance website where dayzeebee and I write as well.


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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle: You made this article come alive with the cartoons; they are awesome and very clever of you to add them, even for non Christians, as the message is universal. As I was reading you, I was thinking of how young you are and how wise, by the time you get to be a baby boomer like me, you will have so much to be grateful for, for the way you inspired others through your writings and perfomances, for transforming your fears into strength, for shining your Light. Keep moving in the direction you are, its wonderful to see this in another human being. I know I am continuing with my path of light and love. :)

      Thumbs up!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Thank you for this encouraging hub. Your choice of quotes and cartoons made the hub interesting. I like the one about being focused because I tend to get distracted easily. Thank you again.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The cartoons by Mike Waters are wonderful! :D Thank you for your kind words and encouragement Marie! I am gaining wisdom facing the challenges of life. I continue to learn and grow with each passing day. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you as you in mine. Love and light always.. :)

      Anginwu: Thanks for the visit and for sharing your personal struggle. I think I was distracted for so long hahahha now I'm becoming more focused and I celebrate that with joy. Blessings to you! :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank youi for an interesting and comprehensive hub. There are a lot of good advices to be learned.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      ripplemaker this was absolutely fantastic. I loved the cartoons.

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Terrific advice and what a delightful layout for your Hub. Discovering your passion is a happy task people sometimes forget about. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Lovely! The cartoons are great and send an excellent message. Great hub!

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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

      So easy to get sidetracked from these essentials. thanks for the reminder in this well written and illuminating hub.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      five star hub great happy Easter thanks

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      This is such an awesome hub. I felt very encouraged, because some of my lifetime dreams are coming into reality:) Loved this hub!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My dearest Michelle Joy...

      I haven´t read an uplifting hub like this in a long time. Oh, I have read excellent hubs here. In fact, I do almost every day, but the energy that this hub has infused in me can only come from an angel! Where are you hiding the wings, Michelle Joy? C´mon now girl...I don´t have all day...


      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

      Your kaibigan,


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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      very good presentation and hub, ripplemaker! Loved the comic strips!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat writes: It is Easter morning here. I need to get ready for church, but thought I would read just one Hub first - so amazed that it was this one because it feels just right. The cartoons are a joy, and it is so nice to read a Hub with a moral/Christian theme that isn't "preaching" What yo say could be applied to any individual regardless of their faith. Thank you for writing such a thoughtful and touching Hub. I hope you had a blessed and happy Easter.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      My heart is full reading your words. I was with my family -my parents and brothers and nephews and sis-in-laws celebrating Easter. Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      Hello, Hello: Glad there is something in here that could be of help.

      samboiam: glad you loved the cartoons too!

      Green Lotus: Yes, it is one thing we often forget esp. when we get caught up with bills and all. It is so easy to forget our dreams. It makes me happy that you liked the layout of this hub. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Katrina: The cartoons inspired me much too :)

      Parrster: A merry smile for wonderful reminders! Amen. Me too, I love reminders.

      thevoice: Yey! I got 5 stars. Can you stick or stamp them on my hand please? LOL :)

      heart4theword: Oh your word inspire me a lot. It makes me so joyful to know that your dreams are coming to reality. That is such wonderful to hear. Thank you for those words.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Mystique: Ahhh, it takes an angel to recognize another one? LOL Not hiding them. They are just there all along. Happy easter to you my friend. I'm loving the fact that you made me laugh out loud and brought a smile to my heart.

      Ann: Truly glad you appreciated the cartoons :) Mike Waters will be very happy to know that.

      2patricias: Happy Easter to you lovely and sweet ladies! Your words brought such peace to my heart. I am truly glad I followed the voice of inspiration and wrote this one. Thank you very much.

      Blessing to you and your families everyone. To your personal success, cheers!

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Great Hub- very positive. Thanks for sharing :)

      Here is a quote for you (having to do with success)

      The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people-

      Theodore Roosevelt

      But I think it is more-knowing how to listen to yourself and see yourself for what you are capable of accomplishing.

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      dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Love how this hub has been able to resonate with many a beautiful spirits! Truly what drives one to want to succeed? Aah it is the desire to be the most beautiful reflection of the God Himself. The pureness of your love constantly shines through. Hugs and Happy Easter to all!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      H.C. Porter: I agree that being able to get along with people is one key ingredient to success; also your additional idea about knowing yourself and recognizing your capabilities. :) Great thoughts.

      Dayzeebee: Oh yes, that is another splendid perspective. I love it! You never fail to encourage me to continue moving onward. I treasure that and more. Happy Easter to you too :)

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      Indeed Great Hub with valuable points! Self awareness and patience are very important to get success in any part of life. Thumbs Up!

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Oh how lucky you are to be cradling a two month old baby in your arms. Congratulations, Auntie Ripplemaker!

      Life doesn't get any better than this.

      You did an amazing job on this hub, I couldn't agree anymore with what you have written.


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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Everyone has used some phrases I'd like after reading through this hub. So all I can say is ditto. it is an excellent job with great things to learn about life and your purpose.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Aw, Michelle - this is a marvelous hub! Well worth book marking. You have some great advice here and so simply made too. This is so uplifting! Thanks for a great hub!

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I love your hubs, they are all good, but this one, well, it's like being taken by hand from an angel telling you how to live a good life. That's the image that came to my mind. Really beautiful. Rated, bookmarked and stumbled. And if you like linked from my hub on success.

      Hubbers like you are the true wealth of HP.:) I'm honored that you follow me and very happy that I follow you.:)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Happy Easter, Michelle.

      Your text in combination with these cartoons - made one "masterpiece-Hub!"

      Well done, I enjoyed every moment while reading it.

      Love and Light.

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Kumustaka ripplemaker,

      Long time no chat, how are you? I really like the way you described the meaning of success.

      Very ture......"It's about building character, having a purpose and a vision and living a life of abundance."

      "The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want." -Ben Stein

      One of my favorite quote: ~Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. ~Winston Churchill

      "Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." -Dr. Joyce Brothers

      "Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." -Conrad Hilton

      Enjoy rest of your day. Salamat

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      eresting ideas. Enjoyed reading them all. God Bless.

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      Nauman Nazir 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Quality has no replacements

      "Masterpiece-hub" I believe that's the perfect word for the article...

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      ratnaveera: Thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

      Sage: Auntie Ripplemaker was so happy. Baby David got baptized last monday. So blessed esp. when he smiles. LOL Thanks Sage for your lovely presence. :)

      Ocbill: Thank you for your uplifting words. I treasure it. :)

      Cheeky Girl: Hi, so nice to hear from you. Hope all is great with you. To your continued personal success... :)

      Hypnodude: Awwww...your words warmed my heart, thank you very much! Of course, I am very appreciative of your offer. Double thank you. Yes, I am glad we connect here on Hubpages.

      Tatjana: Happy Easter to you too my friend. I know you are walking the path of success and I enjoy basking in your company and learning more and more....

      Mr. Nice: How nice of you to share different thoughts about success. I enjoyed reading them :) You take care.

      stars439: God bless you too and thanks for the visit.

      NNazir: Thank you very much for your kind words. I continue to wish you and everyone else the success you desire in your life.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie

      Wonderful quote and I read it precisely when I needed to. No more grumbling for me today. :)

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      Narain.K.D. 7 years ago from India

      Your cartoons speak more than your words. Nice presentation. Since pictures have more effect on us, you have done the right thing by putting wonderful,apt cartoons which is very effective.

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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      So creative... thank you for encouraging... I will follow you.

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      Stuart 7 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      I love this hub, very creative!!! Now Following, and you definitely earned a good rating on this hub!! Great job

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks guys for your comments. I appreciate and enjoyed reading your thoughts. :)

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Excellent article, very positive and encouraging. Your articles are so inspiring!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you for your positive energy creativelycc. :) Blessings to you!

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub Michele! So inspiring!

      Love the cartoons!

      God bless!

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      WE5 7 years ago


      Excellent hub. Very uplifting. I've looked into my children's eyes over the years and had the same kind of thoughts. Now in my fifties I'm finally getting a handle on what's important and what's not. I'm glad to say I actually hadn't strayed too far from the path!

      take care always.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Jill :)

      WE5: Thank you for your heartfelt comment and your inner reflection. It makes me grateful. Take care too. Blessings :)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Michele for this wonderful Hub. I am bookmarking it and linking to mine on how to achieve a balanced life. Hope you don't mind!

      Love and peace


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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Tony, it is an honor. Why thank you so much! Love, light and peace to you too! :)

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      Michelle I have decided that you are my life coach. You already make me smile constantly , which completely blows my grumpy Image.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Very beautiful new avatar pic. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Grumpy tony? Gasp..can't imagine. Okay, let me tickle you some more....tickle TONY smile....LOL thank you for allowing me to share the joy of life. :)

      Thanks hypnodude... :)

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      sudamaprasad 7 years ago

      Hi thanks for useful information. I had been recently in your town. Very pretty city. we called it smiling city.

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      this is just great, thank you so much. I love the cartoons as well, I am going to send this link to a friend who I know will really appreciate it too. thanks again.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sudamaprasad, really? Wow, that sounds wonderful. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      Alison, oh that would be great! Thanks for sharing this hub. :) Blessings to you both.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      this is probably my favourite hub on the whole of hubpages !

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow I am honored Barry. I am deeply grateful for your inspiring words! Blessings to you and your success in life. :)

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      hometips 7 years ago from Plymouth, MN, United States

      Nice tips. I agree with all the tips and explanation.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Excellent!! It is so true that gratitude is so important - we should all be thankful for what we have and give thanks every day. Rated this hub up and bookmarked it to come back and read again. Thanks!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was totally great ingredients for us to get success. stunning information from you. I learn much from this hub. good work. I rate this. thank you very much!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Rating this hub up! Many great points and rich in lessons. Gratitude is such a rare thing these days, thanks for reminding us.

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      bingskee 6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      very useful and timely. thank you for writing this one. it's a realization check, too.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks so much everyone for sharing your thoughts. To your continued and light.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      what was that ? play it again Sam !

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      This is an awesome hub with great visuals! Very interesting read. You shine in glowing glory which you reflect into your readers. I love this and I quote " And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same". Let me shine with you, my friend!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      as always it seems when I need a good hub yu come up with one... or rather you came up with one a while ago, and I didn't need it than as much as I need it now. Bravo!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It's wonderful to hear from all of you. Thank you for shining your light on this page. :)

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      ripplemaker, what you say is great, but we should also remember to put ALMIGHTY GOD first in our lives as our creator and provider.

      Brother Dave.

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      Phillyfreeze69 6 years ago

      It was Henry David Thoreau who said, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you've imagined." ripplemaker, you have written a very uplifting and inspiring Hub. God is good...all the time!

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      scla 6 years ago from Southern California

      This explanation is great. I think a lot of times we base personal success based on what society dictates to us without really thinking about it. The truth is that personal success may have nothing to do with money or property, but most of us keep following that dream because that is what society breeds in us. When you start really looking at your goals and what you really want, you may want something that is completely opposite of what you are working towards. It may be a tranquil life in a small farm where you grow your own crops. Whatever it is it's hard to many times find what we want because of the outside noise that surrounds us.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      This hub is a very useful and well written (and well illustrated)

      All of us can be successful, but our happiness does not depend on this: if we are happy just for the journey, we arrive at our destination

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      What makes me happy is to be absolutly depended on in a way that I'm the only one for the job...and be as logicaly annalytical with my self-awareness:0

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your hub. It was very interesting, well-written, beautifully illustrated, and liked the way that it all blended together.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      All your varied thoughts and perspective are appreciated :) Blessings.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      My name is Gail which my mother chose because it means joy and because she believed I was destined to bring joy into her life and the world.

      I am grateful she felt that way because I believe it set me on a beautiful path of spreading joy to family, friends and strangers.

      I'm so glad I came across your profile and hubs. I still have much more to read, but I can see you, too, love spreading joy, and living in a state of gratitude and love.

      The name, David, means love or beloved (I know because it's what I named my son) and from this hub it is easy to see your nephew is already receiving love, absorbing it into his tiny being. Perhaps as he grows up he will pass it forward and spread love to family, friends and the world.

      Thank you for sharing this beautifully written and illustrated hub. I really enjoyed it.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Gail, thank you for creating ripples of joy sent my way. I enjoyed reading your comment and it brought me into a state of gratitude. You know the kind where the sun is shining within your heart and rainbows are painted everywhere. Thank you very much. Blessings and love and light to you. :)

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      andygrant 6 years ago

      Hey Michelle! A great hub and really nice advice. These points are known to everyone in the world, yet very few apply these rules to their life. Reading this seems like success is so easy to achieve. God bless you.. :)

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