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Here is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s response to that question:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Never underestimate the “ripple effect” you have on our world. Just one person can and does make a difference to someone...somewhere; whether you are aware of it or not.

Unfortunately, too many people…too many parents…too many teachers…too many students…too many athletes…too many businesses…too many politicians…too many media giants and yes…too many artists and writers have manipulated the concept of success; putting an unrealistic and idealized “spin and twist” on what REAL SUCCESS is all about.

These Museologists would like to suggest that you take a few moments, every now and then, to define what REAL SUCCESS means to YOU, as an INDIVIDUAL. Remember to reframe your self-talk and protect yourself from those nasty inner critics who work diligently to tell you otherwise based on the tornado of hype that bombards us every day.

Define it! Feel It! Own It! Live it! Have Fun with it! Create a Paradigm Shift!

Postscript: What’s a Paradigm Shift?
(Ref: Definition taken from www.taketheleap.com)

“In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution and fathered, defined and popularized the concept of “paradigm shift”. Kuhn argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is “a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those revolutions “one conceptual world view is replaced by another.”

Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another.
A revolution. A transformation…a sort of metamorphosis.

It just does not happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change.

…What we perceive, whether normal or metanormal, conscious or unconscious, is subject to the limitations and distortions produced by our inherited and socially conditional nature. However, we are not restricted by this for WE CAN CHANGE. We are moving at an accelerated rate of speed and our state of consciousness is transforming and transcending. Many are awakening as our conscious awareness expands.”


Patrick Jackson said...

Dear Deb,

What an exciting web page. I loved Emerson's definition of success as well as your ( I assume ) commentary. I look forward to a successful venture with you and Molly.

Pattie Mosca said...

Success and Happiness to YOU!! And all who enter here!! This is a wonderful piece that I will post as a reminder to me and my ego!!
Love Your writings....such an inspiration to me!!

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