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The Secret of Success


What does success mean to you?
This question is likely to invoke as many different answers as there are shades of colour on a bright summers day! For me, success means: whether I have, in any given moment, followed the calling of my soul. If I can rest my head upon my pillow each night, knowing that I have been the ‘me’ to best of my ability then I have fared well. If I have embraced the lessons that universe has given me, especially the most challenging ones, with profound self honesty and humility then I could not ask for anything more...

So, for me, it's not about striving for success, but rather allowing it to unfold as a natural expression of beingness. It is following the deepest heartfelt yearning to be the most unbridled, boundless, expansive 'me' that I can possibly be from the level of the soul. It's about doing what makes my soul sing.

My measure of success is the expansiveness, peace, and translucency of beingness that I feel, no matter what the day has brought my way.

So what does success mean to you? I found these insightful perspectives on success...

Viktor Frankl Auschwitz survivor

He suggests that success is not to be chased, but instead, unfolded as a by-product of following your inner guidance and intuition...

    "Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."

Enlightenment is found through that which is beyond the material world...

    "The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . The ordinary objects of human endeavour -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible."
    Albert Einstein

Only do that which stirs your soul...

    "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

It is 'the little ordinary moments' that often offer our greatest spiritual growth...

    "I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
    Helen Keller

Heaven is within - let is shine...

    "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
    Kahlil Gibran

Soul to Soul

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To me success is when I learned something 'today'. It might be that I failed to be me the whole day, but if in the end of the day I have this awareness of what happened, learned from it and managed to embrace myself with my failure, then I can go to sleep peacefully (at least in the background of possible noise, worries and confusions) Smile

I am not sure, but it feels that success is 'measured' for me by the joy and expansion of realisation, getting a bit closer to myself, even if I feel like I am infinitely far away and separated forever, still this little something, a contact, a connection make me feel successful.

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I like that Yulia. Thank you for sharing.

especially the self acceptance of 'failure' and "...getting a bit closer to myself".

Thank YOU, Trin!