Success is not an accident,
it doesn’t happen randomly.
The Oxford dictionary says that success
means 1. “The accomplishment of an aim or
or 2. “The attainment of fame, wealth,
or social status”;
or 3. “A person or thing that
achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth,
Usually, we prefer the second meaning of this
word, and believe that attaining fame, wealth or
social status is enough for someone to be
successful. The reason why we make this
identification is that we think that success, in
this meaning, brings us also happiness or at least
puts us in a risk free condition, insuring us
against all the vicissitudes of life.
We tend to see success more as an event, as
something that enters into our life without any
personal preparation, and not as a result of that
what we are.
Winning a lottery or at the stock
market is the best example for this understanding.
Another instance would be that of the movie stars:
so many actors become movie stars and seem to have
an extraordinary life.
And what seems to be easier
than to be an actor, that is to repeat before the
camera some words from a screenplay?
But all the
actors who see their job in this way are not
There is much more than that in
being a successful actor and in general there is
much more than an event in every domain of life
where we can speak about success.
Therefore in order to have a better understanding
of what success really is, we must start from the
first meaning, from the idea that success is the
accomplishment of a goal or a purpose.
Accomplishment is related to activity and activity
is steady work towards a chosen goal.
who work to reach a purpose and finally attain it
are successful in the true meaning of the word.
A sportsman, a politician, an actor, a writer are
successful if they have worked hard to attain some
inner dream that they have nurtured in their soul
for a long time before.
Success is the result of
their entire personality; it is a life option, a
way of being. It isn’t something that is just
added to their being, as a coat that can be
changed at will.
Real success is transforming, it has the power to
change someone in a more complex person.
You consider your life and that of others from the
perspective given by this wonderful result:
success makes from you inevitably an optimist.