Damon Cortesi's blog

Musings of an entrepreneur.


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I’ve been pretty busy with work lately. I’ve gotten some great opportunities and have been thinking a lot about what I want to do when I grow up. I’ve also been thinking about how I’ve been able to achieve what I have. Most of that can simply be attributed to my father who instilled in me some of the best work ethic one person could ever hope for. This has also led me to think about success and how one defines being successful. The truth is, everyone defines it differently. I suppose it’s what is important to you that determines how you can be successful. Which leads me to ask, am I successful? Sure. Can I be more successful? Of course. But what is it that defines success for me? Well that’s frequently a moving target, but here’s what a few other people think.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer
Success… it’s what you do with what you’ve got. - Leroy Van Dyke
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things. - T. S. Eliot
I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - General George S. Patton
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. - Christopher Morley
We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
To freely bloom - that is my definition of success. - Gerry Spence
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock. - Benjamin Franklin

And on that note…I’m going to bed!