December 14, 2021
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
I have met a wide range of folks over the years. Some of them have held high ranking positions in their fields, but for many true happiness has eluded them. While I respect those in high position I relate most to those who have learned to accept life as it is while retaining a bright outlook. It is the positive folks that I enjoy the most. Our best measure of personal success is how happy we are with ourselves.
Here is an article written by Marc Chernoff that defines true success.
Stop Keeping Score. Happiness is the True Measure of Success.
Too many people try to numerically measure success. Most of these numbers relate to wealth, age, intelligence, and seniority. The problem with trying to numerically calculate success is that it doesn’t account for personal feelings, thoughts, and general happiness. That which makes one person happy does not necessarily make everyone happy. Thus, the qualities that make one person successful do not automatically represent a universal measure for success.
As tragic as it is, you must keep in mind that some of the most famous, wealthy intellects fall victim to addictions and suicide. Why? Because even though these folks possess numerous quantifiable elements that society typically uses to measure success, nobody can accurately estimate how they truly feel about their personal lives.
Take away all the excess minutiae. You cannot be successful if you are unhappy, and happiness cannot be measured in numbers. It is impossible keep an accurate score of success when the game is based on personal feelings and beliefs. The key is to realize that success is multidimensional. Just because someone is visibly successful at something they do, does not always mean that they are successful in life as a whole.
To be truly successful you must never suck it up to being unhappy for extensive periods of time. Life is just too short for that kind of sacrifice.
Success is not in what you have, but who you are.
Speaking of ways to live our lives, here are some alternatives that you might want to consider.
Follow your dream! Unless it’s the one where you’re at work in your underwear during a fire drill.
If a motorist cuts you off, just turn the other cheek. Nothing gets the message across like a good mooning.
Each day enjoy something from each of the four food groups: the bonbon group, the salty-snack group, the caffeine group and the “What-ever- the-thing-in-the-tinfoil-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-is.”
She said: All men are idiots… I married their King.
Pete and Gladys were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store. Pete says to the salesman, “We really like it, but I don’t think we can afford it.”
The salesman says, “You just make a small down payment. Then you don’t make another payment for six months.”
Gladys wheeled around with her hands on her hips and says, “Who told you about us?”
A newly married man asks his wife, “Would you have married me if my father hadn’t left me a fortune?”
“Darling,” the woman replies sweetly, “I’d have married you no matter who left a you a fortune.”
A lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.
At the airport for a business trip, I settled down to wait for the boarding announcement at Gate 35. Then I heard the voice on the public address system saying, “We apologize for the inconvenience, but Delta Flight 570 will board from Gate 41.”
So my family picked up our luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told us that Flight 570 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.
So again we gathered our carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as we were settling down, the public address voice spoke again: “Thank you for participating in Delta’s physical fitness program.”
A reporter was interviewing a 104-year-young woman. “And what do you think is the best thing about 104?” the journalist asked.
“No peer pressure,” she replied.
Differences Between You and Your Boss…
When you take a long time, you’re slow.
When your boss takes a long time, he’s thorough…
When you don’t do it, you’re lazy.
When your boss doesn’t do it, he’s too busy…
When you make a mistake, you’re an idiot.
When your boss makes a mistake, he’s only human…
When doing something without being told, you’re overstepping your authority.
When your boss does the same thing, that’s initiative…
When you take a stand, you’re being bull-headed.
When your boss does it, he’s being firm…
When you overlooked a rule of etiquette, you’re being rude.
When your boss skips a few rules, he’s being original…
When you please your boss, you’re apple polishing.
When your boss pleases his boss, he’s being co-operative…
When you’re out of the office, you’re wandering around.
When your boss is out of the office, he’s on business…
When you’re on a day off sick, you’re always sick.
When your boss is a day off sick, he must be very ill…
When you apply for leave, you must be going for an interview.
When your boss applies for leave, it’s because he’s overworked…
A well adjusted woman is one who not only knows what she wants for her birthday, but even knows what she’s going to exchange it for.
A man goes to the track and sees a Priest blessing a horse before a race and quickly goes to the ticket window and bets. The horse wins. He watches the Priest carefully for the next four races, and continues to win, until he has quite a small fortune. He decides to bet it all on one last race.
Before the horse crosses the finish line however, it drops dead. The man rushes up to the Priest, confronts him with what he’s seen and demands an explanation.
The Priest just shakes his head sadly and says, “That’s one of the problems with you Protestants. You don’t know the difference between a blessing and the last rites.”
In times of prosperity men ask too little of God. In times of adversity, they ask too much.
Top brass from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps were arguing about who had the bravest troops. They decided to settle the dispute using an enlisted man from each branch.
The Army General called a private over and ordered him to climb to the top of the base flagpole while singing “The Caissons Go Rolling Along,” then let go with both hands, and salute. The private quickly complied.
Next, the Admiral ordered a sailor to climb the pole, polish the brass knob at the top, sing “Anchors Aweigh,” salute smartly and jump off. The sailor did as he was told and landed on the concrete below.
Finally, the marine was told to do exactly as the army and navy men had done, but in full battle gear, pack filled with bricks, loaded weapon carried high. He took one look at the Marine General and said, “You’re out of your mind, sir!”
The marine commander turned to the others. “Now THAT’S guts!”
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
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