“Don’t aim at success —
the more you aim at it and make it a target,
the more you are going to miss it.
For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued;
it must ensue,
and it only does so as the unintended side-effect
of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself
or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.
Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success:
you have to let it happen by not caring about it.
I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do
and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge.
Then you will live to see that in the long run —
in the long run, I say! —
success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”
–Viktor Frankl


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Sten (Norway)

This is an unusual perspective but it makes sense I think. So many people are stressed out trying to drive themselves toward success. I decided early in my life that I wasn’t going to be one of those and I’m glad for that.

Bradley

This is different but I like it and I’ve been thinking about this quote for the last several days. Thanks for having such a thought provoking blog.