Earlier this week, Shyam Ramanathan wrote a blog post using the alphabet (with quotes) to define success. Here's my take on the idea:
A is for Ambition, the motivation to persevere.
"Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
- Helen Keller
B is for Boldness, the courage to take risks.
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
- W. H. Murray
C is for Confidence, in yourself and in your future.
"Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
- Norman Vincent Peale
D is for Desire, to become who you truly want to be.
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
- Ayn Rand
E is for Enthusiasm, the charisma that inspires others.
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill
F is for Focus, which keeps you on the right path.
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next."
- Denis Waitley
G is for Gratitude, to appreciate your life.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more."
- Melody Beattie
H is for Hope, the antidote to fear and worry.
"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."
- Desmond Tutu
I is for Innovation, why you stand out from the crowd.
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
- Steve Jobs
J is for Journey, moving forward despite setbacks.
"No one's journey is easy. It's how they handle it that makes people unique."
- Kevin Conroy
K is for Kindness, which builds strong relationships.
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness."
- Lao Tzu
L is for Love, the deepest source of all success.
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden."
- Oscar Wilde
M is for Mortality, a reminder to live life fully.
"An awareness of one's mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life."
- Bernie Siegel
N is for Nurturing, which turns ideas into opportunities.
"Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing."
- Tom Peters
O is for Optimism, which keeps you focused on what's important.
"Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power."
- William James
P is for Peace of Mind, which keeps you steady during storms of life.
"Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel delight."
- Hannah Arendt
Q is for Quality, your personal commitment to excellence.
"Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."
- Steve Jobs
R is for Resilience, the perseverance that nothing can shake.
"When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience."
- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
S is for Selflessness, to see the world the way others see it.
"Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy."
- Tony Robbins
T is for Tenacity, to persist when others would have given up.
"Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness."
- Thomas Huxley
U is for Uniqueness, why you stand out from the crowd.
"Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open."
- James Broughton
V is for Victory, the inevitable result of your commitment.
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
- George S. Patton
W is for Wellness, from exercising regularly, eating right and sleeping well.
"Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit."
- Greg Anderson
X is for eXcellence, which you seek in all areas of your life.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Y is for Youthfulness, a state of mind that lasts an entire lifetime.
"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life."
- Sophia Loren
Z is for Zest, which means loving your life and living it well.
"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery