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What is your definition of personal success?

There is tremenduous need in today's world to "be successful." But what does that really mean? And who is really successful? How does failure affect our sucess? And how a failure can be a milestone in your personal life?


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    Jul 7 2011: I believe Bob Dylan put it well, "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."

    For most people, what you want to "do" is reach some goal, and the goal can really be anything. To add to Bob Dylan, I would say success is being conscious of your goal, being conscious of the steps to reach that goal, and applying focus and attention to each one of those steps.

    Now, I see a trend upon the comments that success is happiness, but how do we achieve happiness? And the answer is focus. Your life is the sum of what you focus on. If you can skillfully manage your attention toward your goal, you will find happiness and fulfillment. That is my definition of personal success.

    Live the focused life.

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