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It’s always interesting to compare the words success with it’s perceived opposite – failure:

Success: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

Failure: lack of success

source: New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition

For me, success is about being in the game. It’s about not giving up. It’s about continuing to move toward the next step in the process – even if that next step is in a completely different direction.

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A great post by Dawud Miracle that asks the question of what is success.

My thoughts kind of mirror his. I think success is about the process. It’s about the journey and the learning. When you go for a hike up a mountain, sure you love the view from the top. And that’s what you aim for and what you wish to see. But just as rewarding is the journey up. The hike up is just as important and rewarding as the view from the top of the hill.

I think it’s the same with anything you do. Take it as an experience. Sure you will have a goal you want to achieve. But even if you don’t, take the experience for what it is worth and learn from it. Enjoy it. To me, if you do that, you’ve succeeded.

What about you? How do you define success?