Monday, October 25, 2010

Criterion of Personal Success

My cousin came for a visit from America. We talked a lot together, and one thing in particular I remember from everything she said: After she landed a higher-paying job, her self-respect went up quite a bit.
I got the message, and it's not a new one. Certainly, money (or lack of it) directs a lot of events, people and priorities. But is that the only way to measure personal success in this life? And if not money – then what?
After thinking about it for a long time, I worked out an answer (though again, it's not a new one). Ready for my revelation? It's actually an equation.
The measure of someone's success is the percentage of days lived happily, compared to the days they have lived.
So no matter what it is that gives you happiness – money, creativity, love shared with someone, family life, spiritual fulfillment, or public recognition – your personal success is being measured every day.

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