Help me REDEFINE Success

by Jermaine

“I’m supposed to be the best.” Yea, you’re good, but I don’t thrive off of your attempts to 1-up me. If I did then I would quit once I beat you. That’s too easy.

I’m taking hold of my proper position everyday I wake up to give my all.

I stopped making excuses weeks ago. I left my complaining behind as well. Somehow I realized that it only saps my energy. I’m focused. I know I have the tools to complete what I’ve started and now I’m determined to take it to the next level.

Traditional measures of success are elusive. Victory, as Merriam Webster defines it, is short-lived. So I’m rewriting the manual. I’m only using the brightest and the best to contribute. I’m going back to the beginning. I’m drinking from the source. I’m pouring out the essence of who I am and sending it into airwaves so that those looking can find it on cellphones, I-pads, laptops, and desktops.

It’s Not Hardcopy – This is “e-change.”

Time to e-change your bad thought patterns for one that will produce more. Yes, I know you’re busy. “However, being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

So I ask the glaring question, ‘With all of our busy-ness are we closer to our goals now then when we were seven? If not, why not?’

Maybe we’re too comfortable

The conveniences of this world have lulled us to sleep. We’ve found enough noise to drown out the still, small voice that speaks to us and points us to promise. Greatness is waiting but we keep delaying our task. Finally, our present distress has grown greater than our growing tolerance. Good! “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

What is Success?

Success is doing what we love and loving what we do. Success is not simply doing work but having fun in the process. Success is finding our passion. Once found, putting every ounce of ourselves into perfecting it. Success is concluding that we are our own measuring stick. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

*Priceless originals need not attempt to stand beside other priceless originals and see which one is worth more. This is mere foolishness.*

What is Victory?

Victory is not waiting around the corner. Victory is accessible everyday. To live a life of victory is really to live our lives with purpose. Victory is attained when one gets to the mental place where “their greatest pleasure and reward is in the [efforts] that precedes what the world calls success.”

In short, victory is giving our all. Not holding anything back. Victory is not fearless but pressing towards our passions even when we are the most fearful. Contrary to popular belief, victorious living cannot be measured by accumulated wealth. It can, however, be glimpsed in transparent conversations during times of intense struggles. You know it because you hear hope where doubt used to be.

Great minds produce great products when they refuse to quit.






~All quotes in this article were written or inspired by  Thomas A. Edison