Definition of Successful

Friday, October 16, 2009 4:22
Posted in category Success Tips

Being Successful – Let’s start with the definition, word origin and history of the word success.

According to Success means:
1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.

2. a. The gaining of fame or prosperity: an artist spoiled by success. b. The extent of such gain.

3. One that is successful: The plan was a success.

4. Obsolete A result or an outcome.

The word origin and history are:
Success: 1537, “result, outcome,” from L. successus “an advance, succession, happy outcome,” from succedere “come after” (see succeed). Meaning “accomplishment of desired end” (good success) first recorded 1586. Successor “one who comes after” is recorded from 1297.

“The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease.” [William James to H.G. Wells, Sept. 11, 1906]

Success story is attested from 1925. Successful first attested 1588 in Shakespeare. Among the Fr. phrases used in Eng. late 19c. were succès d’estime “cordial reception given to a literary work out of respect rather than admiration” and succès de scandale “success (especially of a work of art) dependent upon its scandalous character.”

According to Wikipedia Success may mean:
• a level of social status
• achievement of an objective/goal
• the opposite of failure

Success is as big or small as you make it. There are different levels of success. You have small success, medium success, large success, corporate success and so forth. You must have a plan, put that plan into action and turn that action into success. You will have failures along the way. There is no way to avoid the F word. But even a failure can be turned into a success, as long as you learn and grow from it.

I myself have had numerous failures and successes. Each time I fail, I pick myself up, dust off my boots, and start again. I would suggest readying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey. This book is very insightful and will help you start thinking outside the box. There all lots of tools out there to help you make better use of your time, plan your goal, and create yourself a roadmap to success. They are only a Google away.

In Closing here are a few of my favorite success quotes:
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Albert Schweitzer

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. -Frank Lloyd Wright

What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? -Tony Robbins

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Written by Angela Hoxsie

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