On Defining Success

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” ~Lou Holtz

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You are extraordinary. You are gifted with talents which make you unique.

Stop the struggle against yourself. Believe in yourself. Let your talents guide you to a life of fulfillment.

Don’t allow your talents to lay wasted upon the ground.

Be courageous. Hone your craft. Release it to the Universe.

Success doesn’t mean your song has to hit the top ten charts. Success is singing your love song to the one who deserves to hear it. Success is not a best seller. Success is when your words touch someone’s life in a positive way. Success is not a masterpiece. Success is the resonance between the creation of the artist and the viewer. Success is simply giving what you have your best shot.

Use the gifts you were given to satisfy your soul. Use these gifts to bring joy to others.

Choose happiness. Spread cheer along your path of life

Be who you are. Make your life count.

****I first posted this last year on Chicken Wire & Paper Flowers

38 thoughts on “On Defining Success

  1. Always good to be reminded of this. Thanks Suzi. You never seem to fail to give me exactly the message and inspiration I need, even when I don’t know I need it.

  2. Thanks for your words of inspiration. “Let you talents lead you to a life of fulfillment. ” I am about to take a step in a new direction and this post is a great reminder to use the talents we have to “bring joy to others. ” I hope you don’t mind if I print it and put it on my desk for some motivation. Sometimes we just need a little push.

  3. I probably read this before, Suzi, but what a wonderful reminder! I especially resonate to your line about success not being a best seller but when your words touch another person’s soul. Thanks for saying that. While it would be awesome to have written a best seller, most of us probably won’t; at best, if we can touch others in a meaningful way, we’re ahead of the game!

  4. I always end my semesters of teaching by telling students that a job is what you do…not who you are. I never want them to be defined by their occupation, but by the person and character they bring to that job. You’ve put wonderful words of encouragement and wisdom here today. xoxox

  5. What an AWESOMELY uplifting and inspiring post, Suzi!


    ” Success is simply giving what you have your best shot.”

    How true that is, my friend, how true that is! It’s funny how when we’re younger, we equate success with money and accolades. However, later we realize that success comes from inside us; quietly knowing that we gave it our best shot and succeeded!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  6. This is beautiful! It makes me sad when I see those who measure success in dollars. “Use the gifts you were given to satisfy your soul. Use these gifts to bring joy to others” – yes, this is key!

    That is a great photo, but it’s sad..all those apple pies that will never baked…

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