Editorial

How do you define success in your life?

I believe success is defined by who you are and the person you aspire to be. Success is measured differently for each person. What may be a small accomplishment for one person can be a huge milestone for another. Someone once told me treat all your accomplishments the same, no matter how small they may seem.

In today’s society, people are always comparing each other’s success but the goals you set for yourself can only be achieved through your own hard work and perseverance. Be proud of what you do so that no one can belittle your goals and dreams.

Whenever I achieve a new objective, I am grateful because now I know that I am one step closer to conquering my overall goal. We all want to be successful and everyone is more than capable of achieving it. Ultimately, you alone define success and that is what gives you your own sense of purpose and motivation to conquer the obstacles that are ahead.

 – Chelsea Lasconia

 

I define success in my life by the goals I accomplish and how I accomplish them. For me in order to truly succeed, I need to accomplish the goals I set with integrity. Short cutting a goal just to complete it is the same as failing. Failing for me is a waste of time, and time is at a premium in this stage of my life.

 – Tina Marie Freitas

 

I would define success in my life by the amount of true friends I have. I also would define success by how many people I  have helped in general or on how many people I have helped achieve their dreams. I would not base it on how much money I have or how many toys I have in my garage.

– Kevin Costello

 

Success is when you fulfilled everything you set out to do in life and are happy with what you are doing.

– Dustee Kahale

 

When I first read this question on “defining success in your life,” one quote stood in my mind. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood,” and “Life takes time. Lessons are lived,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Considering what I’ve done, seen and experienced, I wouldn’t be here today if I never learned from my past experiences and never lived in denial. I realized my mistakes, my problems, solutions and all the critical thinking are what made me feel successful today. I’m proud of where I came from and where I am going.

Surviving, living on my own and standing on my own two feet is what makes me stand up and be proud of journey of life. It doesn’t and shouldn’t take much to look at yourself in the mirror and see success.

 – Michael Parra

 

A quote from my speech I gave at my graduation from Kalaheo in May: “Success is in the eyes of the beholder truly.” It means it’s up to the individual to decide what is important enough to see through until the completion. “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.”

We spend all year trying to impress others or ourselves and we forget that we each have our own personal beauties that no one else will ever have. Success is to be leading a life of compassion for yourself and others.

More importantly, being the voice of the voiceless. Like the Lorax, I speak for the trees. My heart is somewhat devoted to environmentalism and animal activism. If I change one of my personal perspectives on issues I hold close, if I change their heart for the better, than dammit I am successful! By the way, money sucks. If all you have is money and possessions, I feel sorry for you. Life is poor and meaningless if one only desires gold.

– Victoria Budke

 

Everyone defines success differently in their life. The way I define success is through happiness. One day, I hope to have everything figured out. I want to have a job that I love and a family that I can provide for. Most of all, I want to be happy.

If for any reason I am not happy, I wouldn’t consider my life successful. Some people base their success on wealth and money. I understand wanting to be wealthy, but I do not believe it should be the reason you feel successful. The only real reason for people to want to be wealthy is because society has made it a part of our lifestyle.

 – Kapomaikai Stephenson

 

Success should not be judged by items or money. Unfortunately, I’m sure if we were all asked which would you rather have: Save one hundred lives and no one but them would know it? Or earn one million dollars by a scratch off? Most would choose a scratch off. No matter how you want to justify it, money will continue to be the factor that separates the successful and the unsuccessful.

My grandfather worked three jobs and never once spent his earningson himself. He rarely even spent it on his daughters but when they had kids the money was finally spent on homes. Homes to provide us a standard. Long story short, I define my success by my wealth and the life achievements of my family and myself.

 – Mike Gomes

 

I define success in my life by the accomplishments and doing things that make me happy and things that help others. As of right now I feel that I have been successful in life and that I will continue being successful. I’ve graduated from high school. I’ve danced in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I do plenty of community service, and I’m an assistant coach at Castle. I know there is a lot more for me out there that will make my life more successful.

– Frances Akeo

 

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