Staff writer – Maureen Gordon

I work with exceptional young people every day, although I believe that the vast majority of them do not know how exceptional they are. This is because they are still discovering who they are, what their purpose in life is, and whether they have the gifts and talents to do what they want to do. Something I read recently stated that there are two great days for us as people, the day we were born and the day we discover why. Once you know the why, then you can move forward with purpose and confidence and achieve success, this is what I want to talk about this week. So what does it mean to be successful?

Some of the definitions for success are: The attainment of wealth position, honour, a person or thing that is successful. For example, she was a great success.

The famous writer and poet Maya Angelou says “Success is: liking yourself, liking what you do and, liking how you do it”

Another writer Zig Ziglar says “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be”.

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However I think one of the most profound sayings stipulates that Success is how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror, it has nothing to do with money or material things. I think that is powerful. So how do you see yourself when you look in the mirror, how do our children see themselves when they look in the mirror?

So we are made for success and not for failure our past experiences cannot hinder us unless we allow it. We need to see that failures are an opportunity to learn from the mistakes we make; it is not a signal to give up. The truth is success is not only for those people we see parading themselves on our T.V screen or who we read about in the newspapers. It is also for the ordinary folks who are capable of doing extraordinary things. This is something we should all expect in our lives and what we should consistently be teaching our children to aim for.  Majoring on our strength not our weaknesses should give us the impetus we need to keep moving forward. So you need to keep looking in the mirror you will be looking at success.

I look forward to your comments how do you view success.