What is Success?

Success is being friendly when another needs a friend,
It’s in the cheery words you speak, not in the coins you lend.

Success is not alone in skill and deeds of daring great,
It’s in the roses that you plant beside your garden gate.

Success is in the way you walk the paths of life each day;
It’s in the little things you do and in the things you say.

Success is in the glad hello you give your fellow man;
It’s in the laughter of your home and all the joys you plan.

Success is not in getting rich or rising high to fame,
It’s not alone in winning goals which all men hope to claim,

It’s in the man you are each day, through happiness or care,
It’s in the happy words you speak and in the smile you wear.

Success is being big of heart and clean and broad of mind.
It’s being faithful to your friends, and to the stranger, kind.

It’s in the children whom you love, and all they learn from you–
Success depends on character and everything you do.

-Gordon Owen

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