Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

“Don’t aim at success…”

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Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Written by nevalalee

July 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

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  1. Reblogged this on A Long Lost Story of Dream and commented:
    True to Life Story. =)

    Androkluke

    July 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm


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