Notes from An Alien

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How Do You Measure Success?

Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

There are a lot of famous quotes about success and many say it comes through failure—reminds me that being content is better than chasing happiness while escaping sadness

In a previous post called, “Success” Is Vastly Over-Rated, I said: “Who made it seem success wasn’t merely the next stage, from which further action becomes possible, but rather a pinnacle of achievement that leaves all other contenders breathless on the sides of the conquered mountain?” So, who did that? Businesspeople? Fundamentalist religious folk? Football coaches?”

Joel Friedlander has a recent post called, Notes from a Self-Publishing “Success Story”, about Heather M. David‘s experiences—easily judged by the SuccessPreneurs as relative “failure”.

My experience since May, when I self-published Notes from An Alien, is similarly judgeable; yet………

Over 240 people have my book and, even though those were all free copies, I have a solid beginning on a growing email list of folks with interest when I publish the two follow-up books.

Two libraries have purchased the book.

I’ve been facilitating a discussion group on Book Island in Second Life (over 35 two-hour sessions so far) that features issues raised in the book.

Two of my dearest friends, because they appreciate the work I’ve been doing, have bought me a new computer, which will make all the effort still necessary to reach yet more success oh, so much easier :-)

And, most importantly, I’ve written and published a book that is the core of my life’s work, begun 23 years ago and extending toward my last breath

How do You measure success?
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7 responses to “How Do You Measure Success?

  1. cmmarcum November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Success in life is when you are content on the most mundane day.
    Success in writing comes when all the pieces fit together, and you get that little swelling in your chest.
    Success in publishing–I don’t know, but I’ve heard–comes when you can live off your proceeds, and you start to fret about what the critics say. :o


  2. Catana November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Success is writing a novel that’s qualitatively better than the last one, and finding an audience, however small, for the books I choose to write.


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