At this time of year our thoughts turn to celebration and the closing of another year.  We look forward to the holidays, time off work, the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, a celebration of life, the hope of good things to come and hopefully, time to reflect on what took place over the past year.

The dictionary defines the word celebration as: “The act, process of showing appreciation, gratitude and/or remembrance, notably at a social event or a social gathering for entertainment and fun; a party”. Seems pretty basic and I’m sure we have all celebrated something at some point in our lives. I know I have been to many celebrations over the years but for the past few weeks, I have noticed that I don’t usually take time to celebrate for myself but rather, it’s generally someone else’s celebration I attend or a holiday function.

The kind of celebration I am talking about though is the kind when we have accomplished something that we have worked hard at.

So, when was the last time you celebrated something?  Do you even take the time to celebrate when you have achieved something?


Most of the time, we all know what we need to do in order to attain our goals. That’s not the issue; we know what needs to be done. We just don’t do it. Why is it so hard to do what we must do to succeed, if we really want to succeed?

Perhaps you don’t want it THAT BAD?

You may think you want to succeed, but if you can’t do whatever it may be to get there, then maybe you don’t really desire it. Maybe you’re not “hungry” enough. You want it, just not bad enough. Or, maybe you are afraid?

So what causes this?

It’s not the circumstances in which you find yourself; it’s the choices you make that define the person you become. Nido Qubein – President, High Point University, High Point North Carolina

“Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life, the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands. Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." This is another quote by Nido Qubein who came to America from the Middle East at the age of 17 with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. Through the choices he made, he became the amazing person he is today.

Too often, I hear people talk about success in relation to money and status. In other words, if you have reached a certain point in terms of how much money and how many material things you have, that represents how successful in life you are. While money and “things” may be one measure of success, I believe there are others. But how do we define those?

I’d like to present Nido Qubein’s view of success as I believe he has captured it beautifully.

An Excerpt from Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Dr. Nido R. Qubein

What is success? Only you can define it in your own life. I have attempted to define both Success and Significance. To me, Success is secular.  Significance is spiritual.

It doesn’t matter how much you define your own spirituality. Spiritual matters are always finer, deeper, and longer lasting than secular matters.

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