What is The Difference Between Achievement and Success?

By Ruth Barringham

The difference between achievement and success has been a hot debate for years.

Is there any real difference at all between them?

The English language purists believe that achievement is a personal feeling, one that we get whenever we finish a project or try something new or challenge ourselves to do more, and do it.

On the other hand, successful, is how the world sees you.

I disagree with both of these.

To me, they mean the same thing. An achievement is also a success.

If I accomplish something then I feel that it was a success. Therefore I'm successful.

I do believe though, that both are an inside job.

It doesn’t matter how anyone else sees you or what they think you are. Only you know if you’ve achieved something and whether, to you, it was a success.

To me, even my failures feel like a success because they are a learning curve and I definitely learn something whenever I fail at doing something.

I believe that it was Thomas Edison who, when he was trying to invent the electric light bulb, but couldn’t do it, said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thank goodness he laughed at his failures and saw them as learning experiences, otherwise we’d all be sitting in the dark every night.

I see my whole life as a success because everything that’s happened to me so far, the bad as well as the good, has brought me to where I am now.

And while I haven’t done anything momentous, I do earn a really good living from my writing, and this to me is a huge success because it’s where I want to be.

But that’s not to say that I don’t want any more from life. I do.

You see, success isn’t a destination, it’s a journey.

I’ve heard that expression over and over and I agree with it.

It’s Dr Joe Vitale who wants us all to live by the maxim, “I’m completely satisfied. I just want more.”

So yes, I’ve achieved a lot and I feel successful.

And it’s all an inside job because they’re my achievements and my successes, no matter what anyone else’s opinion is.

I hope you can do the same as me and achieve your goals and find all the success you need.

And to hell with the rest of the world and how they see you.

Success is your own private achievement.



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