To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;.
that is to have succeeded.
The quote is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. However, it turns out to be based on Bessie A. Stanley’s first-prize winner in a contest that Modern Women magazine sponsored, back in 1905. Isn’t that just like everything to do with success—it’s easy to credit the wrong person?