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George C Carroll III

Campus College Chair, University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus

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How do you define success?

There are a number of success theories out there (be this, be that, do this, do that).

How do YOU define success?

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    Aug 14 2013: My personal definition of success is based on fulfillment. If I set a goal, whether I reach it completely or not. I have succeeded in something. By pressing toward a mark in all attempts, I have succeeded by taking my dreams and making them as real as I can. When my efforts have been depleted, I ask myself one question, "Are you satisfied with the results?" Satifaction to me isn't as dangerous as contentment.

    When I hear the word content, I hear complacency. I understand that sometimes I need contentment before I reach satisfaction (in certain cases), but I don't want to get complacent. I feel like I stopped striving for my goal which in turn makes me associate that with quiting.

    But satifaction is a form of gratification to me. Sometimes delayed, but nonetheless, obtained.
    • Sep 1 2013: You're commenting from an ego centric point of view. Success must contain an aspect of community, of shared experience. Though it's impossible to fully understand disparate consciousness, I feel we need to at least attempt to comprehend other's individual experience.
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        Sep 1 2013: The only disagreement I have with your comment is that you are passing a false judgement. The question was how do I define success. Not how do I feel I can be successful in community. As a young adult growing up in a world that consisently tells me how I should be successful, I believe my definition helps me so I can help others. But I cannot give to someone what i have not tested and proved myself. Like my faith.
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          Sep 6 2013: I appreciate your heart felt desire to share your experience. And I agree, too many people feel a need to pass judgement. But to assume you're giving someone something, is a passive form of judgement. It infers they're lacking something.

          I think you can present your experiences and what has helped you, but ultimately it's up to them to accept it. To integrate it into their concept of the world.

          [I know I'm splitting hairs...but when you have children of your own you'll be surprised how quickly you develop frizzled ends. ;-))

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