I've been helping a former boss conduct interviews for a new paralegal, and one of the questions I ask the applicants is: what does success mean to you. Of course, I've gotten varied answers like financial stability, owning a home of my own, my kids going to college, and being able to retire without having to worry about anything. But I've always thought there has to be more to success than that.
For authors, success could be measured by what titles go along with your name like New York Times Bestseller or Award Winning. Or maybe it's how many copies you've sold of all of your books combined.
When I first started writing, I had a list of what it would take for me to consider myself a successful author. As the years have passed, I have attained some of the goals. Others still elude me. Does that mean I'm not successful?
Does my bank account make me successful? Is it the type of car I drive? Or the house I own?
For me, success is the knowledge that I am living my life using all of the talents God gave me, that I seek to help others, that I do no harm to others, and that I do not waste one second of this life I've been given.
What does success mean to you?
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