In your mind: Who is the biggest icon of success?

@jillhill (37377)
United States
October 10, 2008 6:00pm CST
And how do you measure success? I think a successful person is one who may acquire wealth though that is not the most important thing. Success can be measured in many different ways. My icon of success is and always will be my father. He worked like a madman!....was a disabled American soldier....loved his family, surrounded himself with so many friends.....and had a heart of gold. So is there someone you would like to share as your icon of success? Someone whom you look up to and admire with all your heart?
4 people like this
16 responses
@narayan2006 (2954)
• India
10 Oct 08
To me,success means the degree of accomplishment of the goals and dreams set in one'life,be it is about material affluence, or aspiration for peace and stress free life or spiritual contentment or anything one eagerly looks for a fulfilled life.Success is the measure of your ability to fulfil yyour desires with least expense of one's effort and resources.It is also the dgree of effectiveness how one make the best use of the oppotunity and circumstances,one faces in life. I am a positive minded person, and see the light of success everywhere and with every thing around me. Thanks.
2 people like this
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I am a positive person too...makes like so much easier and also fullfilling ones dreams a joy instead of a duty!
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
10 Oct 08
As of this day I have 2 icons of success. First and foremost is my 17 plus years of being clean and sober. The next would be myself for being my fathers caregiver. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
1 person likes this
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
10 Oct 08
This sounded like I ws braqgging but I am not really. But I would also add my dad for having the courage to call upon me of all the children to take care of him in his ailing health and years. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
1 person likes this
@Zelmarq (12567)
• Cebu City, Philippines
10 Oct 08
Hello grandpa bob, for me you are the ultimate son who takes care of his father. I know that its hard but I know your love for your father conquers it all. HAve a nice day grandpa bob and take care!
1 person likes this
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I feel kind of bad for tooting my horn so to speak. Thanks also for the compliment. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
13 Oct 08
That would have to be my father as well, He didn't grad. But he became president of a company. He was alway's looked up to by others. He had a huge heart and was a wonderful husband. Well, he could be selfish as well. But you know my Mom helped my father be who he was. No matter what she was behind him next to him and in front of him. If you wanted to talk to my Father you had to get past my Mother. That was no easy task for a lot of people. So I can't just say my Dad. With out saying my Mother who was his rock. So it is both. Your friend onlydia. sorry it is late. I have not been on alot just here and there.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
13 Oct 08
We are lucky we had such wonderful parents! Glad to see you around again. I know I have times where it's just too hard to be here! LOL
1 person likes this
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I tried a few times. But just couldn't do much at all. No pick me up no nothing was working. So now I haven't selpt and I have to go to work. But I was sort of sick. chest pain. fever. just worn out. So I slept on and off most of the day. So up all night and have to be to work in 7 hours. And not feeling to good but house is qiet so can be on here. Well, take to you later.
1 person likes this
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I would have to say my husband. We both had a basic, middle class background as kids. Grew up in the same area, went to the same schools and graduated from the same high school. He went on to better his education and became a very successful businessman. He has a thriving business that is a necessary service to everyone. We all pay taxes and we all have to die! My father wasn't as successful but he was a wonderful, absolutely fantastic father. He was a well known musician and had many friends who just idolized him. He taught me about life, love and happiness. He's now deceased but I think of him so often and the fun we use to have. He was one wonderful man.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Both are truly icons.....and lucky to have a woman like you to hold them in such high esteem!
1 person likes this
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Thank you for the nice compliment, Jill. My father would have been 102 years old two days ago. He taught me everything about people and life. Just a fantastic father. My husband and my father are and were very different. I tried to marry a man like my dad but it didn't work...lol
• United States
11 Oct 08
I think success compose of a lot of things. I think people that have make good money and change human lives are successful people. I think that Bill Gate is a succesful person because he's wealthy but he also changed human lives with Microsoft Office. I think Oprah is a successful person because she had changed her own life and many other people's lives.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Both have done wonderful and charitable things to make themselves icons of success!
• India
11 Oct 08
Ofcourse first and foremost would be my parents. A special mention should be made about my bestest friend,she's been my everything. Has always been a moral support and source or encouragement and courage for me. She's the angel whom god had sent for me,just for me.. :):)
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
That is sooo special!
• India
11 Oct 08
i think tht in life we find many people who leave a gr8 effect on our thinking and start to admire them.......every person has some good n bad qualities....for me there is not a single ideal person but a no. of people who have extremely good quality i loved to adopt....one should always adopt the good qualities in a person........so the bad side is not there!! Good luck!!
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
What a wonderful way to look at it!
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
11 Oct 08
It would be a footballer or someone who is successful in his profession, someone who is successful at home to, someone that has managed to keep a family united. My idol was Guiseppe Bergomi an Inter player, a gentleman both inside and outside the pitch.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Wow! that is a true icon!
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
Hi there! Aside from my parents, the biggest icon of success is Oprah. She has been very successful in her field. She had help a lot of people and stuffs. Even though she's very successful she's still a down to earth and very humble person. I really look up to her as a real success story. Have a nice day!
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
She truly is an icon for success!
• United States
11 Oct 08
For me success is being happy, period. if you love your family and friends And your job, you are successful.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yup.....if you are happy....and love and are loved by family and friends that is true success!
1 person likes this
@Shandy14 (71)
• United States
11 Oct 08
You are right...Success can be measured in many ways. My greatest success is in my son and being a mother...Both come without monetary payment..but bith are the greatest joys of my life.I love being a mother.. My son is now 22 years old and I am ver proud of him and the way he has turned out as a true gentleman. I also see succes in many other ways..It can be in attaining goals and dreams, to taking care properly of your family and animals. Success comes from desires and meeting them in the best way possible! Best Wishes~
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
That is so true!
@elmiko (6635)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I would not really define success to no one single person as there is so many. To me success is being able to know yourself and use what God gave you to the best of your ability. Its also about having a positive mind and being optimistic and not being negative overall as that can really hold anybody back. Its also being able to evaluate your past and know the mistakes you made so you can correct them. Peace and understanding are also good ways to succeed as anger can blind anybody.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
What wonderful insight you have shared with us! You have a great understanding of what success is about!
@PearlGrace (3171)
• United States
11 Oct 08
This is an interesting discussion because there are all kinds of ways to be successful. I assume you are talking about a person or persons that we know personally as opposed to just somebody we saw or TV or something like that. Your dad sounds like he was a great man. It must have been very cool to grow up having a dad like that. You must feel very, very lucky to have known him. I guess I measure success by being at the top of your field, having great and high recognition and admiration for what you do (for a living). Other people look up to you and hope to be somehow associated with you because of your intellect, skill, and/or abilities. People learn from you and admire you in many different ways when you are successful. In my lifetime, the person I've been the closest with whom I believe is successful is my husband. He went to school, was published before he even got out of college, and has remained working in the same field for over 40 years. He's written many books, and hundreds of journal articles and has traveled many years of his life speaking and sharing his research and ideas. I could go on and on but I'll just stop there. And the crazy thing is, he's just an ordinary guy when you meet him. He loves his family, is probably the best dad I've ever personally known, and truly loves unconditionally and without control or jealousy. Thanks for a great mylot discussion, jillhill.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
And he is lucky to have a wife that holds him in such high esteem!
@genihanna (358)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I know a lot of folks will disagree, but I'm pretty impressed with Bill Gates' success. He never planned for the monumental influence - he was just a brilliant kid putting his idea into reality. And look at him today. Not that I agree with he does and doesn't do, but I think he is definitely an example of success in America.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I think you are right....besides being a big business success....he is a human being that I would chose for a friend because of his personality!
@jenboops (96)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I think that every person has a different definition of success. To some it is money, sadly. I used to think so myself. I now know that my success is measured in terms of my son and what I am able to give to others. I have several icons for success. Jesus Christ is the number one for me. My grandmother who seemed to be so high class that you would be afraid to wrinkle her, I found was not that much different then me. I always looked up to her, even more so when I realized that I could just like her. My best friend is someone to look up to as well, we both lost our husbands within 6 months of each other from car accidents and got back in touch after. I have to say that I think she has been more successful then me at getting through and being die hard with regards to what she wants out of life for herself and her children. I have the desire, I look to copy her for the motivation and drive. Most of all I look to my son. He is autistic and I find his view of the world and of success to be enlightening. His success is not measured by how many friends or how much money he has, but what he is and becomes as a person.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
They all are truly icons of success!!!!
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
11 Oct 08
For me biggest icon of success are my parents. They brought as well and that they have been a good parents to us. I love them so much and thank them for how they brought us well. They tried hard in sending us to school even though it"s so hard because we are 5 children in the family.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Congrats to your parents for being icon's of success!