Motivational Monday: 2/18


Motivational Monday

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

By: Thomas Edison

I am fairly certain I have used this quote before, but it is really resonating with me right now. How many times have we struggled with something and gave up, not realizing we were almost at the finish line? I think this is on my mind right now since I have read so many blog posts about bloggers celebrating their one year anniversary of blogging. I did not write a post about this, but I also have passed the one year mark. Not only have I passed the one year milestone, but I have also started another blog. Call me crazy, but I love blogging. Maybe this time next year there will be another blog, or not. The 2 I already have will certainly keep me busy. πŸ™‚

As long as there are people who enjoy this blog, then my view is that this blog is a success. What about you? How do you judge your success?

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  1. Leora says:

    Last night yet another person encouraged me to hold another blogging workshop! That to me was a good sign of success as a blogger.

    When I get down, I do try to list my past accomplishments. One comment about Edison: supposedly, he needed little sleep. Lucky guy had at least one characteristic that put him ahead of others. So, the rest of us will have to succeed with less time than he had. But realizing that rejection is just part of the process is key to success.

    • Geek Girl says:

      That is so cool! That would certainly be a good measure for success. πŸ™‚

  2. @patweber says:

    ooo. another blog? that's been on my mind just a wee bit. some things just don't fit into – almost everything introvert!

  3. Jeannette Paladino says:

    I love the quote and I do think it takes time to achieve success — once you've defined what success is for you. But often we don't know what the end game is so we plod along and then give up. So you need to know what success constitutes. I also think there is a time to reflect on what you're doing and decide when it's time to try something else.

    • Geek Girl says:

      You are so right. How can you tell if you've succeeded if you have nothing as a yardstick?

  4. findingourwaynow says:

    I can relate. I have seen this way to many times in sales. A sales rep would give up, making it easier for the one that follows them. πŸ™‚

    • Geek Girl says:

      I remember that story from your blog. πŸ™‚

  5. Geek Girl says:

    Yeah, I have lots of ideas for blogs. Sticking with the 2 I have for now. πŸ™‚

  6. I love this quite, Cheryl, and will use it as the Invocation at our Toastmasters mtg on Wed as the theme is "Rolling with the Punches" and it focuses on the importance of your attitude. One's attitude is the key to their success. You have a wonderful giving and caring attitude, and I love your sense of humour. You are definitely a success in my books! Keep up the great work.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Thanks Doreen. Such a nice compliment. πŸ™‚

  7. Susan Oakes says:

    Good quote Cheryl. I read recently if you are having problems, sometimes it is good to just stop, clear your mind then work out the steps to take to get to a solution.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Yes. Stop and take a moment to find the solution. πŸ™‚

  8. JeriWB says:

    I'm way too hard on myself, so being aware of that is always a factor in how I measure success. I've wanted to give up a few times this past year, but then a lot of things have been gradually falling into place, and that's when I know the strife was all worth it.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I think everyone has been there when you think, why am I doing this? Once we get past those moments it gets better. πŸ™‚

  9. Staying the course is always so much harder than going back. It is only when you have pushed through so much that you refuse to go back that you find that next piece. (or something like that)

    • Geek Girl says:

      LOL Or something like that. πŸ™‚

  10. Success is such a nebulous thing – money,fame,friends,love ? all things to all people. But I think success is something we know in our gut, and our instinct of when to quit comes from the same place. It's always good to have a friend or partner to mull over the big decisions with, and it's true that we can be too hard on ourselves. Thanks for the post.
    BTW I cannot leave o comment on yr blog from my iphone. While I can log into WP separately it will not let me log in via the site – v. frustrating.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I will check in to the posting from a phone issue. Sorry it gave you problems.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I was able to comment via iPhone. What OS are you using to comment via phone?

      • iOS6.1.2 Don't understand. It's fine to log in on other WP sites. Next time ill try making a comment by just replying to email as I am nowSent from my iPhone

  11. It's a great quote Cheryl.

    All people have moments when they are about to give up.It's human. If someone says it's never happened they are not being honest. The fact that they didn't give up is what counts though. Many times there is a fine line and what you decide determines what happens next.

  12. Geek Girl says:

    Testing a comment via phone

  13. namirusso says:

    Hmm – the ONLY regret I have was dropping out of "Music And Art High School." If you don't know, it's the school that the movie "Fame" was based on. It was such a hard school to get into and I did it but couldn't stay with it. Couldn't give you any excuse except that I was fifteen. Thank God for Guidance Counselors, now!

    • Geek Girl says:

      Fifteen… sounds like a good excuse. πŸ™‚