In My Personal Best by John Wooden along with Steve Jamison an ethical question was approached. What is Success? Typically I would have had the common answer for it, fame, fortune, and power. But over the years my perspective changed, personally it is fulfilling your goals and dreams and becoming happy, as well as a person’s effort in life.
Many people have thee believe that success is being on the top and becoming wealthy. Of course, many people would love to have that fortune and fame, but that is success? Our society tells us all that matters is, “Who’s number one?” By this standard most of us are losers. But the complete opposite is what is true. We all have the potential to be winners. Fulfilling your simple goals in life and making your dreams come true to an extent to where oneself is complete yet happy is what matters. That is success.
People might say, a person’s effort determines what success is? Definitely, due to the fact that your effort put forward in something and in return you get the self-satisfaction of doing your absolute greatest. John Wooden once said, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” That says it all, know that you did your best. My dad once told me, “Do not worry about being better than someone else, but NEVER CEASE trying to become the best that you can be.” That helped me in all aspects of life, mainly putting in my best effort of whatever that may be. I believe that the “ score” that matters most is the one that measures the person’s effort in life, and eventually only you know the score.
Becoming wealthy, and have fortune and fame is not what success is at all. Doing your best in life too where you have that satisfaction and you complete your goals while giving your best effort. Now that, that is true success.