Meaning of Life and Success

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What success means to me?

I was recently asked what success was to me. I found it odd that I could quote other people’s ideas on the subject but had no idea what my thoughts where. So I set out to find out what I thought, this is what I found. For me a great definition of success was from Earl Nightingale who defines success as "the progressive realization of a worthy ideal" He said, "If someone is working towards a predetermined goal and knows where he or she is going, that person is a success. If they are not doing that, they are failures. Success is a journey and not a destination. Success is not about material acquisition. Life is made up of three vital areas: spiritual, health, and a contribution to society. In other words, to achieve success for some people is to be financially wealthy, and that’s great for them, however; for me it’s these three areas I must concentrate on. Being successful is not only achieving my goals, but also helping others to achieve theirs, it’s essential. It is important to be a part of the society in which I live in and contribute something worthwhile to its success. I have to be a part of something bigger than I am if I am to grow spiritually and become a better person. That is true success, the pursuit of becoming a better person through helping others to see that they can achieve the same success I have. When asked now what I think success is, I think I can safely say I know and it is strategic thinking and planning backed by a strong desire to help others and it’s very much supported by determination, dedication, discipline, persistence, perseverance, hard work, focus, a desire for personal growth and a lot of prayer . I know that without helping others and having God with me at all times there is no success.

When I was 37 I went to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and I used that opportunity to not only quit drinking; but, to set goals for my life of what I wanted to achieve by the time I was 40. I...