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Thursday, January 23, 2014



I have heard it said that the way to be successful is to set and work toward goals that are just beyond your reach to achieve. 

I guess, but it depends on how you define success. 

If you define success as achieving at a very high level, or as becoming powerful, or wealthy then the above formula might work.

If you define success as being healthy, happy, and satisfied with life, the above formula may leave you frustrated and unfulfilled and therefore not successful.

How do I define success?  Well, being that I am not in a position of power, or wealthy, or have never achieved anything at a very high level, I better choose the later definition. 

I believe in setting goals that are easily attainable. 

I can provide a roof over my family's head and food on the table.  Goal achieved.

I can eat well, exercise and if I am lucky stay fairly healthy.  I have outlived many of my powerful, wealthy, high achieving peers.  Goal achieved.

I want my children to grow healthy, stay off drugs, and become positive productive citizens.  Goal achieved.

I would like a functioning car, a color TV, air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.  Goal achieved.

Al Gore wanted to be President of the United States…FAILURE!

Nick Saban wants to win the College National Football Championship every year…FAILURE!

Tiger Woods wants to win every golf tournament…UTTER FAILURE!

Oprah wants to establish her own highly rated TV network…FAILURE!

These and so many others have clearly failed in life while I am a complete success.

My ex-wives wanted to marry a powerful, wealthy, and high achieving man…FAILURE!

Success is really quite easy.  Set easily achievable goals. 

Tomorrow I intend to wake up above ground. 
I hope to have many successful tomorrows.


  1. I absolutely agree with you, Joeh!

  2. Most of the time I set no goals at all, so when I achieve something it's like double-success

  3. I had many grandiose plans along the way. To my credit, I never talked much about them because people are always standing by waiting for you to fail.

    So, even though not much came to fruition, I am still a success. Maturity and wisdom have taught me the value of all the things you mentioned. My reasonably well adjusted family is also a major success.

    While I think big thinkers and big doers are necessary in life, they only provide one or two aspects of what life is all about. The rest of us provide the rest.

  4. I defined success as having prescription sunglasses.



  5. I don't have any big goals. Just day to day living and keeping my family happy.

  6. My philosophy: Aim low, reach your goals, avoid disappointment!!

  7. Life is good most of the time. I'm happy to wake up alive.

  8. Your logic may be convalesced but it's too powerful for me to argue with.

  9. sir joeh! but I believe in setting goals that are a little bit difficult to attain so it is more challenging yeah? Cheers for all the goals achieved! ^^

  10. Being someone who prefers to play more than work, I set my sights pretty low I guess.
    A day spent with laughter to me is a huge success. Also "a functioning car, a color TV, air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter" sounds pretty darn successful. Throw in an above 500 baseball season for my Marlins and I could challenge Bill Gates.

  11. Except for having some extra money, I've met enough goals.

  12. Excellent. Not cranky but excellent.

  13. I define success as making my primary insurance company admit that they're my primary insurance company and then process my claims. I have not yet achieved success, though I've been trying since December 20.

  14. I want my children to grow healthy, stay off drugs, and become positive productive citizens.

    I achieved 3 out of 4 on that one, but that screw-up is turning himself around and becoming a responsible citizen. Better late than never, or in his case, better late than dead. I was so relieved the day he looked me in the eye and said "I wish I'd listened to you years ago."

  15. Your definition of success is great!

    Oddly, I've nevert been much of a goal setter. I'll set one, then immediately move on to something else. Maybe I have that attention deficit oh look a puppy.


  16. I love it! I am totally using this definition of success from now on. I too am more successful than Al Gore and Oprah Winfrey!