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Monday, June 06, 2011

In Others' Words: Success

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."~Maya Angelou, author

I read this quote and found myself smiling. Why? I like Maya Angelou's take on success. It's not all about striving to achieve some magical mark that declares to the world, "I am successful!"
No. Her definition of success is all about embracing who I am. Liking myself--imperfections included. Liking what I do and how I do it--knowing that I'll make mistakes.
Maya Angelou's perspective grants me breathing space to be real. I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not (perfect). I don't have to invest my time in doing something that I'm not good at to please someone else. I don't have to strive for an unattainable goal (perfection).

In Your Words: When do you feel successful? Are you living up to someone else's definition of success--or your own? 

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At 8:37 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

Yeah, I like this.

Making God smile.

That about sums up success to me.
~ Wendy

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Sonia said...

Regarding my career, definitely living out my definition of success (& Maya's too). When I hear of people not liking their occupation, it makes me sad because I've been there & know what a drain that can be. Other areas of my life, unfortunately, I still try for perfection & not getting it (obviously). Good reminder on the change of perspective needed! Focusing on perfection or an unrealistic expectation is a "drain" regardless of what area of your life it is in.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Wendy, I like your definition of success too--Making God smile!
And Sonia, I know you like (love) what you do because I've had the pleasure of listening to you talk about your job. I don't necessarily understand everything you say--but I know you love what you do!!

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I used to have a skewed view of success when I was younger, but as I've gotten older, I've realized how important valuing myself and seeing myself as Jesus sees me is more important than how society views me or success.

We're all flawed. God uses those flaws to strengthen us. If we stay obedient to His leading, then I consider myself successful.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

"God uses those flaws to strengthen us."
So true, Lisa, if we let him.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, that is a great quote! I'm the definition of perfectionist. It's something I have to surrender every day.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Me too, Sarah, me too! That's why I love it when I find quotes like this one that speak truth that provide breathing space--and perspective.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Richard said...

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At 5:05 PM, Blogger Melissa Tagg said...

Ooh, my favorite thing about your post today, Beth, is actually the phrase you used in one of the comments: truth that provide breathing space. That's exactly what truth does! When I am feeling stressed, unsuccessful, too busy or just plain boxed in by blah-ness, if I can just get ahold of Truth, then I've found that breathing space I need to climb out of whatever mental hole I've tripped into...

Thanks for always inspiring, Beth!

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Glad you were encouraged, Melissa!


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