The best definition of success I’ve seen

Here is how I know someone is successful — If you are able to give from your abundance then you are successful.
– Fred Gratzon (source)

The Lazy Way to SuccessThis is Fred Gratzon, author of the excellent book The Lazy Way to Success, in top form giving the best and shortest definition of success I’ve ever seen.

Having abundance is not enough – you are only truly successful when you can share your abundance. And if you only read one book on success, make it Fred’s – it seriously changed my thinking on work, and is one of my favorite books about happiness at work.

Fred’s thought reminded me of the ancient Greeks – they measured a person’s wealth not by how much he owned but by how much he gave away.

8 thoughts on “The best definition of success I’ve seen”

  1. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) Thirty-second President of the USA.

  2. I’ll have to check it out. Another book you might like is Joy At Work by Dennis Bakke :-) A revolutinary approach to fun in the workplace

  3. Alex,
    I appreciate your take from the Greeks on that wealth is what you give away not what you own. I will see what I can give away in 2008.

  4. Wonderful motivation…love to give myself. Success for me….living my purpose. I then know that all the pathways to prosperity will gift me to gift others. Thanks for allowing me to comment. That is a gift of your success.


  5. Karl: Thanks! I definitely try to live by this. Not only does giving feel good, I find that the more I give the more I get back.

    Brenda: And thank you for commenting! I guess giving is the gift that keeps on giving… or something like that :o)

  6. Many person know how to attain sucess but only a few know how to make the best use of it

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