Monday, August 16, 2010

definition of success

This being a Monday, chances are you're back at work after the weekend, whether work is in a corner office or a corner of the living room. And, chances are, you're thinking Monday thoughts about goals and success and whether or not you're living up to your true potential. Well, I'm here to share some wisdom from the gifted actor Ralph Fiennes that may cause you to refine your definition of success and realize that, in fact, you're already succeeding quite splendidly:
". . . The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings - their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success? . . . Don't you know it is all about being able to extend love to people? Really. Not in a big, capital-letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word." - Ralph Fiennes

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