Friday, March 27, 2009

No Secrets to Success

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
- Colin Powell


  1. Mr. Powell is very correct. An interesting question, define success?


  2. Couldn't agree more with Mr Powell's quote.

  3. Very true, although I'd throw "opportunity" in there as well. 99% of success would be hard work though.

  4. Mervi - That is a great question. I would tend to believe success is when one accomplishes an intended purpose. Hopefully, the intended purpose is wholesome, without malice intent, and pursues social and moral excellence.

    Karen - I thought it was a great quote.

    Janell - I can understand your wish to include opportunity but, in reality, it is merely good luck. Some have succeeded because they struck a golden opportunity and hooray for them. I personally believe it would be more exhilarating to know "I did it on my own" without feeling it was a special opportunity, connection, or privilege that preceeded my success. I would feel more successful knowing I had accomplished my goal by proper preparation and hard work.