Who Does Your Greatest Success Look Like?

Who does your greatest success look like? Is it someone who has accomplished things, fame, made lots of money? Or are there other criteria you use to measure success? It’s good to have goals for a day, a week, a month but what are your goals for your lifetime? Do you know who you want to be?  This is the question I’ve pondered recently. During my reflections, I decided to look at female authors who have attained a level of success. I started with the Best Novelists of All Time on Ranker then went to the Best Selling Fiction Authors list on Wikipedia. Best Female Novelists of All Time (adapted from Ranker) Virginia Wolfe, an English writer  Agatha Christie, DBE, an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright Jane Austen, an English novelist  George Eliot,  an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator Mary Shelley, an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Charlotte Brontë, an English novelist and poet Flannery O’Connor, an American writer and essayist Daphne du Maurier, DBE, an English author and playwright J. K. Rowling, OBE FRSL, a British novelist Emily Brontë, an English novelist and poet  Margaret Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC is a […]

How Bad Do You Want It?

On October 14th Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, daredevil, and BASE jumper achieved his goal. For the high risk, the level of technology and training needed, he wanted success badly. How bad do you want it? Did You Watch Him Fall Down From the Sky? If you missed the spectacular jump, watch this video: Did you catch who his sponsor was? Red Bull! Apropos, don’t you think? See more information at the official Red Bull Stratos team website. For more technical information about the jump, go to extremetech.com. Baumgartner wasn’t the first to try to achieve this record. Joseph Kittinger tried it in 1960. In fact, Kittinger still holds the record for the longest time in free fall (five minutes and 35 seconds). Lesson Learned I don’t know about you, but I am terrified of heights.  Put me on a three-foot ladder and I start to shake, make the ladder a five-foot ladder and I’m hyperventilating. I could never do what Felix Baumgartner or Joseph Kittinger did.  But I admire them.  Is that admiration due to jumping out of the balloon capsule higher than anyone else? No. Is it because they fell further and faster than anyone, ever? Uh-uh. Is it because […]