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Its definitions are as varied as those who pursue it.

  • Aristotle Onassis, tycoon: “It’s not a question of money. After you reach a certain point, money becomes unimportant. What matters is success. The sensible thing would be for me to stop now. But I can’t. I have to keep aiming higher and higher—just for the thrill.”
  • Barbara Streisand, recording artist: “Success for me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.”
  • Ted Turner, media mogul: “Well, I think it’s kind of an empty bag, to tell you the truth, but you have to really get there to really know that. I’ve always said I was more an adventurer than I was a businessman. I mainly did CNN just to see if it would work. And the same with the superstation...Just out of personal curiosity to see if it could be done.”
  • Helen Hayes, Broadway star: “My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.”

Guard Your Heart, pp. 133-134

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