What Is Success? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

Tina Frisco provides us with a unique perspective about the reality of success. Please, read on…

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While writing the introduction to a fellow author’s book, I realized many of us view success as an end-product. We aspire, we strive and, if fortunate, we manifest. Only then do we feel gratified, overlooking all we accomplished in the process. In short, we fail ourselves.

If we become discouraged when met by an obstacle, we are not seeing that obstacle for what it truly is: a teacher. Obstacles not only teach us what does not work, but also challenge us to reach beyond our perceived limitations. Obstacles are opportunities to practice what we’ve learned, alter our approach, and move forward. This is success.

Being stuck in obsessive thought patterns, limiting beliefs, or anything that stops us short of reaching a goal can lead to wallowing in the past (nostalgia) and yearning for the future (desire). Turning inward and finding the embedded thoughts sabotaging our efforts…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

8 thoughts on “What Is Success? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…”

  1. I wish that it was always as easy. Sometimes one can be satisfied and philosophical and sometimes not. Writing is usually its own reward but occasionally it is disheartening to find some of your work so poorly received.

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  2. Tina, I totally agree. Especially for writers, the “success” must come in the doing, the creating, not in sales numbers. Even things that are hard to accept, (like low sales!), come with gifts: the awareness that creating something out of love is an end in itself, and all else will follow.

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    1. Beautifully said, Andrea. Gifts are often disguised as obstacles. If you haven’t yet read it, I think you might enjoy the book The Little Soul and the Sun. It speaks so eloquently to your lovely comment ♥


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