If there is one lesson I have learned it is to work hard and be passionate about ALL the things I want from my life.
Goals and dreams - These things will have value when I have worked for and earned them, and because I nurtured and loved them enough to see them through. Even if the outcome is not what I expected I see a measure in success by not giving up and continuing on...
It is not the responsibility of someone else to spoon feed me or hand me success. I believe there is a distorted idea in our society of what success is. I am in control of my success... or failure ...and what I perceiveto be success or failure.
I set a goal, develop a plan and work my plan--moving towards that goal everyday. I personally do not perceive this as failure by any measure.
If on a rare occasion, as I'm working towards a goal, an opportunity lands at my doorstep that enhances the process or my life in some way I consider myself lucky and remember to be humble and grateful for this gift.