“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming” ~John Wooden

Remember Monday’s definition of success that included achieving, fame, and fortune? I like this definition better because I’d rather have peace of mind and satisfaction than the trappings our world offers.

Now, I realize that hearing a “Well done” from my Heavenly Father is the ultimate measure of success, but I discovered something else in that familiar story.

In the parable that Jesus told, the rich man left certain talents in the care of his servants. When he returned from his trip, he called them in and asked for an account. After they gave their report, two of them were commended for their measurable progress (five became ten and two became four). However, the third found a vastly different response because he had done nothing – not even getting interest from the bank.

The reward of hearing “Well done” came after the servants did something to develop what had been entrusted to them. I wonder how they felt walking into the room to present what they had done? Did they have a peace of mind or satisfaction because of their hard work?

For me, as much as I want to hear my own “Well done,” I’d like to have the peace and satisfaction of knowing that I did my best to reach my full potential. That I did all I could to use the gifts God has given me. As a person, a wife, a mother, an employee, a writer.

Yet, if success is measured by knowing I did the best I could to develop what I’ve been given, what is it going to take for me to feel successful?

That brings me back to my list of New Year’s resolutions. If I work steadily toward my list of goals, will I have done my best to be the best that I can be? Or would this only work if my list of goals is targeted toward that ultimate destination?

By the way, the John Wooden who gave this definition of success, was the first person to be a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He coached UCLA to 10 National Championships in just 12 years.

What about you? Do you agree with this definition of success? Why or why not? How will you know you’ve done your best with your gifts?

Defining Success
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2 thoughts on “Defining Success

  • January 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm


    I definitely agree with this definition of success instead of the one that the world would define that offer material possessions or status symbols. All of those will pass away and I would rather be storing away those things that will not pass away during my time here.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • January 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    >I do like that definition of success, especially the "peace" part and it coming down to usuing your gifts to the best of your ability.

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