"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, 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...this is to have succeeded."
The next time you feel like a failure, or simply feel that you aren't contributing enough to the world, please reread these words. Real success isn't measured by money, status, or things. It's defined by who you are as a person. To give love freely, to nurture young children, to respect nature, and to show genuine compassion to others...these are the hallmarks of a successful human.
Having a pile of money in the bank won't make you feel nearly as good as seeing a smile on the face of someone you've helped. It's a priceless treasure. Go be successful today. Doing something ordinary, like hug your kids or wave at your neighbor, and you'll be one very, very extraordinarily successful person!