Success, according to the lexicographers is defined as:
1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. The successful performance or achievement.
4. A person or thing that is successful.
I like the first one. The second one is rather subjective. Number 3 and 4 would get me whacked with the ruler from Sister Mary Frances if I used either as a test answer.
I do like thoughts of Einstein on focusing not on success but rather on being a person of value. I believe many of us are obsessed with attaining wealth, position and honors. Perhaps we should focus on what we can add to our personal and business relationships. Do we strive for win-win outcomes with our customers? Should we incorporate business processes that strategize for long-term return at the expense of short-term profit?  Do we see customer satisfaction as our true bottom line? Take heart the words of Albert Einstein. After all it’s not rocket science.
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Comments
  1. Jody says:

    I like your (and the lexicographer’s) definition of success. “Doing the right thing” will bring success. It may not always be immediate, but it builds trust, and customers do not forget who treated them well in the past. A later sale or even a good referral may come our way. Good relationships trump a quick sale.

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