“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.”
More often than not I think that success only feels like true success when you’ve worked for it, when you’ve been through hell for it and especially when it hasn’t come easily. This year’s results season – both at my university and for those taking a-levels- reminded me of this quote. I know certainly for me, success feels even better knowing that I really worked for it. For other people, who were not quite as successful as they’d hoped, that could be a foundation to build upon.
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Be successful anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The ‘good’ you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do ‘good’ anyway.
Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see in the final analysis, it’s between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
I can’t believe I’ve been alive and on this planet for two whole decades. In my mind I’m still just a little child, not the grown up the rest of the world perceives me to be. This quote is one that my Dad (being the soppy person he is) put inside in birthday card on my 18th birthday. I think that whether you believe in God or not the rest of what it written stands true. It is difficult to be this way and to be able to be so level in spite of what others may think or do, but it’s probably a good outlook to have on life. Here’s to my next 20 years (as long as no one mentions the big four-oh).