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Who in heaven’s name created the idea that success has to do with currencies and jewelry? Lots of people are loaded of that stuff but can hardly be called successful …
 You are a success when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person – that yesterday ended last night, and today is a brand-new day.
 You are a success when you know that a success (a win) doesn’t make you and that a failure (a loss) doesn’t break you.
 You are a success when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and are optimistic about your future.
 You are a success when you are filled with faith, hope, and love and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy, or thoughts of revenge.
 You are a success when you are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.
 You are a success when you know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to becoming a victim of what is criminally wrong.
 You are a success when you are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with your Creator and in fellowship with others.
 You are a success when you have made friends of your adversaries and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.
 You are a success when you understand that others can give you pleasure but that genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.
 You are a success when you give hope to the hopeless, love the unlovable, and are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.
 You are a success when you can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.
 You are a success when you know that the greatest are those who choose to be the servants of all.
 You are a success when you recognize, confess, develop, and use your given physical, mental, and spiritual abilities for the benefit of others.
 You are a success when you know that you have been a good and faithful servant of the Creator of the universe.
 The Essence of Success:  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Prov. 3: 5-6)


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