The Concept of Success as Defined by Booker T. Washington

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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacle which he/she has overcame, says Booker T Washington. When you hear the word success what comes to mind right off the top of your head. Some people work very hard to prove themselves of their value. Others may agree that success is an achievement of personal goals. However, success is really a result of the ability to work hard and the setting of goals. Some may say living the American Dream. Basically having a white picket fence, average size house, a son and a daughter with any form of dog while others may say making ends meet or maybe being rich and having millions of dollars with no worries.

Truly there is no official definition of what it means to be success everyone has their own opinion as for me. In my opinion of what success means to me, I believe success to be the point in your life that you feel content with what you have and what you have achieved. Success can be achieved at any age; though many people may never feel they have been successful in life. In society money is considered by many to be the measure of success. If that is the case then why do wealthy people fall into drugs, alcohol or other destructive behaviors? To achieve success, I believe you have to have goals in life, work hard and the rest will fall into place. Once you have reached or conquered your goals and achieved them all then I believe that is the time and point in life where you can truly say that you are successful. Some people say once they get into working or being what they went to school for and finishing up then they consider themselves to be successful which isn’t a bad thing nor is it wrong. It’s only what brings you happiness.

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I see it as this, if you’re not pleased with what you’re doing in life or maybe you have to drag yourself out of bed each morning to go and live up to your duty whatever it may be, and already know or have a good ideal that most likely you will be doing (whatever may be that you’ve went to school for) in the future for at least a good thirty years or so. Then I strongly believe that is no type of success, really it’s all a waste of time all because you’re not satisfied with what you’ve become in life. Success isn’t going to take just a neither day nor week. It will all depend on what you define success to be like I stated earlier. It will take setting a goal meaning capturing down something that you really want to achieve. Goals tell you where you are going and how you are going to get there. Ideally, goals have to be realistic, measurable and within a person’s skills and abilities.

That being said the key to being successful first and foremost means that you will need to set short term and also long term goals in life. Without any goals you’re like a lost soul searching for an empty soul when all of them are filled. Goals are so important there like a memory reminder or alarm, basically alarming and reminding you that you have to meet a goal. Also in order to become successful in life its self I believe that following up with your goals you should also have deadlines that you must consider on reaching by a certain or particular day, week, month or year just to inform you that your number one goal I life is to become successful. Some people say that money bring happiness, well do it also bring success? My opinion I would have to say no only because success is something that you make of yourself it’s not a material or item of what nor can money bring happiness.

I also believe that success to me is working hard at something just to conquer, and overcome all obstacles that were thrown in your way. And at the end of the day years from where you’ve started you can sit back and say; I’ve made it with time to spare. In order to succeed you must first fail so that you can learn from your mistake and then pick back up where you left off and continue on soaring to be successful. And in concluding as I wrap up say again, When you hear the word success what is the first thing that comes to mind? Being successful in this time period is not an option you can do all things. A famous quote once said Nothings impossible, the word its self says ‘’I’m possible’’! – Audrey Hepburn

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