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    Default What's your coffee mug definition of success?

    Recently a friend told me that she saw her definition of success on a coffee mug. It was a nice definition. I don't remember the entire quote exactly, but I was able to find something very like it (might even be it):

    "Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much,
    who has gained the respect of children,
    who leaves the world better than they found it,
    who has never lacked appreciation for the earth's beauty,
    who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves."

    The conversation inspired me to think about what my definition of a successful life would be if I had to write it on a mug. I came up with something I liked, but I'm too sleepy right now to remember what it was.

    Anyway, if you had to write your definition of a successful life on a space no larger than a coffee mug, what would it say?
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    success is whatever you want it to be

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    Success is being a wealthy philanthropist, well-liked by most people, who contributes to scientific progress.

    Alternatively, it's a brand of instant rice.

    I've never really been obsessed with success. My main goal in life is to be safe and comfortable. So I mostly have a negative goal, to avoid discomfort, risk, and death. Eventually I will fail, but I'll enjoy the evasion of it as long as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I've never really been obsessed with success. My main goal in life is to be safe and comfortable.
    wouldnt, then, being safe and comfortable mean you were successful?


    it seems people are too quick to delve into stigmata when success is mentioned, when such a word should be considered only in its simplest definition

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    Agreed, Grayscale.

    (Perhaps success is having the coolest avatar of a dog wearing goggles.)
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    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    Overall self satisfaction without being a dick to others.

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    Success is implementing the wisdom of inaction at the right time; knowing when to take a stand; being able to laugh at yourself; finding pleasure in the simple things; and knowing that it its okay to fail.

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    I guess it depends on the perspective, but for a person, I would say success in life is to feel happy and to have a sense of satisfaction (had trouble finding the right word) with what you have achieved.

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    Success: It's right over the next hill.
    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

    Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office
    than to serve and obey them. - David Hume

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    Success: when more people look up to you than look down on you.



    Of course, 80% of all those people are idiots who should be legally denied the right to an opinion. I still think that, for all intents and purposes, my definition cuts to the heart of the matter.

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