Are you successful? Or do you just beat other people?

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I was having an interested debate on Twitter yesterday.  Franklin had several failed businesses and several unsuccessful runs for political office before he “succeeded”.

What exactly is our definition of success?  Would Franklin have been successful if everything he tried had been applauded except his run for President?

Why is being President more important that learning to read or write?

What underlies our definitions of success – beating other people?  A pyramid?

Can’t success be taking part every day?  Growing our communities?  Dealing with the exigencies of life and making the best of fair weather?

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