On success – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 to 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 that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am thinking about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s note on success today. That isn’t just because his is a wonderful, thoughtful, definition (it is) – it is because it reminds us to make sure we must define our success for ourselves.