A Pleasing Definition of Success by Coach Wooden

Another bonus of my day out yesterday was being able to listen to Father Brian D’Arcy on Chris Evans’ radio show on BBCR2 in the morning in the little section towards the end called Pause for Thought. As I read somebody else say in the paper over the last few days, never mind two minutes silence on Remembrance Day, 11th November, how about a moment of silence every day? I couldn’t agree more and these little windows of opportunity to be thoughtful for a while are always welcome.

Father Brian D’Arcy, a Catholic priest, was in charge of yesterday’s PFT and his piece was very moving, about his own self-doubts. It was authentic and reassuring to know that Father D’Arcy, who lives in a cell without a TV and spends a lot more time in contemplation than most of us, is human also. Surely that must make him so much better a priest.

If you read this post before 9 a.m. UK time next Monday morning, 14th November 2011, you can listen to this clip live by clicking here between minutes 2.49 and 2.53  If not, or you are not in the UK, then let me tell you what Chris and Brian shared together at the end of the Pause. A quote from John Wooden who was an acclaimed basketball coach. You may know him already, I did not. And I’m always on the lookout for definitions of success which seems to me to be a very slippery customer constantly resisting definition, and meaning something different to almost every human being. Some of us even resist success and self-sabotage so we won’t achieve it, either deliberately or subconsciously. Have you noticed yourself doing that, or do you now that you come to take a moment to consider that possibility, I wonder?

So, how about this then?

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming”.

What I like best about Coach Wooden’s definition is that it’s all about me, me, me. No question of me needing to compare myself to you or anyone else and find myself wanting. I can only measure my own success against my own results, and only I can achieve success for me, it can’t be thrust upon me or denied me.  Which means it’s doable for all of us, every living soul.

If you like the sound of Coach Wooden, see more of him here on TED. And thank you to Chris Evans and particularly to Father Brian D’Arcy about whom I intend to find out a lot more, ‘cos there’s a thinker I like the look of. I see he has written a couple of books, one of them with Terry Wogan, and he has his own programme on Radio 2 called Sunday Half Hour.

Do you have a favourite definition of success and what it means to you? If you do, I hope you will share by commenting on this post.

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