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Success Built to Last

September 8th, 2008 by Editor

“Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.” – Malcolm Forbes

The current definition of success is a potentially toxic prescription for your life. The real definition of success is a life that brings personal fulfilment, lasting relationships, and makes a difference in the world.

When achievement for you comes without meaning, it doesn’t last long. Meaning lasts forever. You must become consciously aware of what matters to you and rally your thought and your action to support your definition of meaning.

That’s the message in Success Built to Last (also available in South Africa). It’s a great book that brings together thoughts from countless respected figures and is one I can’t recommend enough.

“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain

It is dangerous not to love what you do. It is dangerous not to be fully engaged. You must choose a path that you love, for better or worse. If you don’t love what you’re doing, you can be sure someone else will.

“If one is guided by profit in one’s actions, one will incur much ill will.” – Confucius

Success may never come without a compelling personal commitment to something you care about and would be willing to do with or without counting on wealth, fame, power, or public acceptance as an outcome. Always remember that the reward for the doing must be the doing.

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. You’re bound to suffer if you rely on the public to tell you how to feel. Do not imitate others. Instead, choose to find yourself and be yourself!

“Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realise what a burden it was.” – Margaret Mitchell

You have gifts to share that belong to others. It is your responsibility to share your talents with the world because it would be a darker place without you. There is no greater feeling in life or freedom in the world than to know that you can be yourself and part of a group that is engaged in a cause that is greater than you are.

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” – Oscar Wilde

All you have is your personal capital. All you have are your talents, skills, relationships, and enthusiasm. Cultivate your capacity to be fully alive in your work because doing something that matters is a dream worth your life. Enduringly successful people realise that their commitment to the service of others is also in their self-interest and that only a life lived for others is worthwhile.

“What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Carve out a little time each week to experiment in some way with one of your other passions because every single one counts. You don’t have to make a career out of everything that is meaningful to you, but you do need to find a place for everything that matters no matter how busy you are.

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” – Tom Robbins

(My thanks go to co-author Mark Thompson for his support in publishing this review. For more resources and tips, download your free copy of “Work in Progress” exclusively from www.varsityblah.com/about and check this out too.)

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