February 4

What Is Success?

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“What Constitutes Success”
By Bessie Anderson Stanley (1904 Brown Book Magazine)

 He has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

Interesting Note:  A inspirational writing similar to this is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.  If you’re interested in how that misattribution occured, you can check out The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society page on Success.

Daily Inspiration


Let your heart guide you.  It whispers, so listen carefully.

Littlefoot’s mother, Land Before Time

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