“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
– Anne Sweeney, an American businesswoman, co-chair of Disney Media, and President of Disney Channel from 1996-2014.
When I traveled with the evangelist sometimes if I knew there was a better organist I would step aside and let them play. One day another musician came to me and said, “never take a back seat at the organ, you are just as good as the others”. I didn’t feel like I was a success, I was measuring my success against those of others. I never stepped aside ever again to another musician.
I have most of my life compared myself against others. I always felt like I just didn’t measure up. I was at a Preacher’s convention, it was a morning service and there was no musician. They asked if there was a piano player available. I raised my hand but I was ignored. The host told me I didn’t look good enough. I didn’t have a suit back then because my parents could not afford me the luxury. Those words from that host stuck with me for quite some time.
“Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.”- Fannie Flagg
Several years ago after being in treatment I finally came to the realization that I was killing myself trying to be the most popular guy in the room. News flash, I quit the popularity race!
So dear reader, success is in the eye of the beholder!