There Are Different Sides Of Success

There Are Different Sides Of Success

Success, by definition, "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like."

While I agree with that summary of the word, I do feel it is missing something. Not everyone has the same standards of success, and we shouldn't allow our standard of success to be compared to another. For a young adult, it could be the first apartment that you can afford on your very own. For someone else, it could be a big house in the Hollywood Hills. Success can be a matter of opinion.

Success, like us, grows, especially when we feed it. When you're young all you want to do is be able to tie your shoes and ride a bike, and once we successfully accomplish that, we are on to bigger and brighter opportunities for advancement. Soon enough, we are curing medical diseases and being brave enough to follow our dreams.

Every year I am awarded a shiny black plaque to recognize that years success. Each year has a number on it and that is a number I successfully met. Every year I am presented with a new idea of success, a new opportunity to beat my own personal record. Sometimes, the most important kind of success is the chance to better yourself and that has absolutely nothing to do with anyone but you.

Over the years, I have not always increased that number. That doesn't make me a failure, that makes me motivated. Sitting on my desk are reminders that I can do it, quite simply because I have done it before. Awards, trophies, and recognition do not define your success. You do not need them to be successful, and not all successful people have them displayed.

Success can be celebrated in longevity. For me, six years of being with the same company means more than the seven awards I have been presented. You can buy a lot of things in the world, you can even buy success for the right amount, but time is priceless.

Your goals deserve to have effort put towards them. You deserve to be your idea of success and you have all the potential to make that a reality. Some of the most successful people started from the bottom, there's no reason why you can't start from where you are now.

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11 Things Only People With Texting Anxiety Will Understand

Did I respond too quickly? Ugh, auto-correct! Why is he taking so long to respond?

Some lucky humans were blessed with the social confidence that others can only dream of. These divine individuals can text anyone--their crush, friend, boss, ex, you name it--without feeling nervous. How do these demigods face those three evil dots which signal an incoming response with such blatant disinterest? It's as if they know the response will be in their favor! Either that or they are so utterly courageous that even the possibility of rejection fails to strike fear into their hearts. Whatever magic these bold humans use, not everyone is as lucky. Here are some things that those without texting anxiety just won't understand:

1. Over analyzing punctuation and phrasing.

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I hear Ye Old Cafe has an awesome lunch menu!

2. Predicting a rejection and assuming the worst.

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Great, he hates me! He thinks I'm a total weirdo and is probably mocking my very existence right now.

3. Auto-correct embarrassment.

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Don't seem too eager... PLEASE LOVE ME! Dang, I think that was too eager...

4. Those three little dots of dread.

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Wow, your response time is impeccable... NOT! Just say what you need to say!

5. Assuming the worst when someone doesn't respond.

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She has probably been attacked by zombies...and I was too slow to save her. Oh god! What if she's still being attacked? What do I do?

6. Feeling like a bother when you text first.

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Hey! Oh dang, I'm probably annoying her...I take it back!

7. Trying to decipher the exact meaning of excess letters.

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"Funnyyy!" OK, three y's, that means he thinks I'm actually funny? No, he's definitely mocking me.

8. Deciding on a context appropriate emoji.

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OK, to use the eggplant emoji or to not use the eggplant emoji...

9. Immediately regretting a text and wishing there was a way to undo it.

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"LOL, you're sooooooo funny :)" OH GOD NO, that sounded way too eager! ABORT MISSION!

10. Wondering what you did wrong when someone is online but ignores your text.

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Great, that status was probably about me...she could at least say it to my face!

11. The fear of misinterpreting a text.

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He didn't use a smiley face...that means he's mad at me! Or is he just busy? Or maybe he just didn't see it...should I send it again?

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Dave Ramsey, Thank You For Sharing Your Money Tips And Knowledge With The Rest Of Us

From just starting your program and being only on baby step one I have realized many things.


Ever since starting college I have always had that thought in the back of my head about how am I going to pay off my student debt after getting out of college. This is probably a thought that every student has when they attend college and they know that after they receive their education that they are out in the real world where they have payments to make every month and probably be in debt for most of their life. But after watching your podcast and following your Instagram and seeing all these people paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars in a couple of months is very inspirational.

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From just starting your program and being only on baby step one I have realized many things. One, I spend money on a lot of things that I don't need but never realized until I started tracking my spending to make a budget. Two, saving a thousand dollar before actually tackling your debt is a great task as it shows that if you can save a thousand you can find a way to pay off your debt then. Though it does seem like a long process that doesn't seem possible till you finally hit the triple-digit mark. Three, you don't actually need a credit card in life because you will actually have money you can spend instead. Though I am still wondering how exactly this would work later on with wanting to buy homes and cars.

But overall thank you for sharing your story and knowledge about money and your experiences so others can learn and do better with theirs. So let's all be weird and not broke as you like to say.

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