Posted by: David D. Daggett | April 14, 2008

Surveying Success

Surveying Success 

     Who do you consider successful? It is interesting to look around and see who really appears to be successful to us. I assume this probably varies from person to person based on our own make up and our personal anchors.

Two time World Champ Normann Stadler    

     Use caution in measuring success by comparing your results to others’. There aren’t too many of us that should be actually trying to compare our results to Normann’s! Moreover, the time when he raced our then three year old son through the Chicago airport two days after winning Hawaii made us fans forever! 

     Perhaps we should also use caution when we see people who are “happy.” I was talking with a friend this evening about some folks who always seem happy, but never really do or achieve anything for themselves, or others. There is nothing wrong with being happy, but that alone probably isn’t success. 

     Satisfaction seems to be a better descriptor of success. It is interesting when you start really studying and observing people while considering their “successes.” Elements that tend to stick out include achievement, helping others, health, and family. Successful people also tend to have a happy hearts.

     Being moral and ethical while pursuing achievement seems to give depth and meaning to the results. Ethical achievement that encompasses our personal anchors in life seems to be a reasonable formula, and then measure, of success. The more I observe people who are truly successful the more that definition seems to fit.

     Surveying success is interesting and worthwhile as a tool for defining our own successes. Of course, using the measures discussed makes the pursuit a continuing journey without a final destination. That’s what makes it so much fun!

Here’s to successful surveying,


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