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What Is Success?

January's feature article is usually about making and keeping New Year's resolutions/affirmations. This year, I decided to share some statements by successful people.

May this year bring the fulfillment of your dreams.

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Energy and persistence conquer all things --Benjamin Franklin
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Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open --Alexander Graham Bell

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What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? --Vincent van Gogh

who also said:

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great --Mark Twain

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The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do. --Leontyne Price

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Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. --Jim Rohn

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To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success. --Anna Pavlova

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If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. --Anna Quindlen

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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

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The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does --James Barrie, Sr.

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: Try to please everybody. --Herbert Bayard Swope (adapted)

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Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory --Mahatma Gandhi

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. --Henry David Thoreau

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Act as if it were impossible to fail. --James K. Van Fleet

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Seldom does an individual exceed his own expectations. --Unknown

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Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. --The Buddha

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"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." --Earl Nightingale

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Use what talent you possess:
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those that sang best.
--Henry Van Dyke
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Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. --Carl Jung

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. --Abraham Lincoln

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Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. --Arthur Rubinstein

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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. --G. K. Chesterton

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My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.' --Helen Hayes

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You always pass failure on the way to success. --Mickey Rooney

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. --Seneca

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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. --Thomas A. Edison

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True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. --Paul Sweeney

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The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration. --Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.--William Feather

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You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.--Dick Armey

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Every strike brings me closer to the next home run --Babe Ruth

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Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness --Amos Bronson Alcott

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