posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 11:06 AM
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
There is a difference. In your definition, we realize we can push no further, that we are incapable of more. In my definition, we are capable of more,
but we're satisfied with what we have.
It's a difference between capability and desire. Just because you can, doesn't mean you need to.
Interesting thought and I see where you are coming from. However, I think you misinterpreted part of Wooden's definition, which one would only most
likely know if they have read a lot of Wooden's books.
In Wooden's definition, there is still room for personal improvement as there always is. When you are determining success you are determining it from
that point in time. Thus, with this definition you are a success if you have given your best effort to become the best your capable of at this time.
However, for the future you can technically become even better by giving continuously better efforts on certain things. So, at this point in time if
you say you are a success according to this definition it does not mean we can not push further or are incapable or more in the future.
With that being said as well as the point you brought up, I now do lean toward their being a difference between our two definitions. However, for me,
the difference would be that Wooden's definition of success is more task oriented and your definition is more ego oriented.
Besides that difference the main problem I have with your definition is its focus on what one has. Success is determined from within, in my opinion,
and should not be judged on accomplishments or material objects. For me, it is based on effort. If you haven't given your best effort at something no
matter what it is you have failed at being the person you could be. How could you be happy knowing you could have gave more to be a better person or a
more complete you?
Some of the best advice anyone could give someone is not to "worry about whether your're better than someboday else...be the best you can become.
You have control over that...work as hard to get as good as you can get...Do that and you may call yourself a success."
Just my thoughts and view.