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My Take On Success

Posted on the 26 November 2012 by Rjnielsen039 @RobertJ_Nielsen

English: Sir Winston Churchill.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill~

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” ~Albert Einstein~

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So I was thinking about my future, and what I want to do with my life, when I found this quote. I know that I want to be a writer, and that includes blogging, fiction, and pretty much anything that gets me paid for my work, so long as it’s not stenography or fashioning text books for middle schools. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I’ve always hated working for somebody else, no matter how great the job may be. I’ve also had several jobs that I loved, but none so far that I felt I could make a career out of. I always come back to my passion. It’s been a lot of hard work to get where I am now, and will only get harder, but I’m looking forward to it. That’s why I’ve included two quotes in today’s post. The first serves as a reminder that no matter how things may seem, it’s going to be a bumpy road, and I’m just going to have to keep that in mind. The second is a reminder that I bumpy roads can still be a hell of a lot of fun.

I always seem to have a smile of some sort plastered on my face. I love life. I love telling jokes, and making people happy. I have my down moments, sure, but I’m generally pretty happy and optimistic. I hope that reflects upon the first quote fairly well, because I know I’ve had my share of failures, and though they’ve bummed me out, I keep moving with success in mind.

I’ve been working since I was twelve, first for my step-father and his construction business, and then through a stream of various jobs and industries. I’ve always worked hard (if I didn’t my forehead received the rubber end of the hammer), and I’ve alwaysfound time to play around and make work fun. I used to express pride in my accomplishments quite openly, but as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve learned humility, and can now enjoy my little successes without the need to gloat. I consider them ninja accomplishments. I’m pretty sure I should copyright that term but oh well. I know that someday my success will be too large to hide, but I also know that I will have no reason to gloat, because by then I will be able to share it with my loved ones.

So as you’ve been reading this I hope that you’ve kept in mind your dreams of success, whatever that may be to you. Your aspirations may be loftier than mine. Or maybe they’re just a warm place with a roof over your head, and a hot meal with those you care about. Regardless of the size, they exist. You can make it happen if you believe in it, expect it, and work for it. Best of luck in your endeavors!

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