The Sound of Success

By: Arleen M. Kaptur

Successful people are everywhere. They are in the newspapers, on television programs, and are being interviewed and their words written down by reporters for all kinds of magazines and journals.

But, how do we know if these “successful" people are really telling us the truth or giving us advice that we can follow and learn from? Watch these people very closely - if they appear apprehensive and ill at ease, that just may be an indication that they are uncomfortable in public situations or it may clue us in on the fact that there may not be any concrete or actual facts to back up what they are saying.

Real successful people appear relaxed and have one point in common. They have the sound of success. Its not in their “actual" words, but the way they talk and react. The sound of success is laughter, enjoyment, and being at ease as well as putting others at ease. They are not afraid of the type of impression they are portraying, because they are real. They are not “putting on an act", they are just being themselves. They shake your hand confidently, and sincerely. They walk with an air of confidence that only comes naturally when you are happy and content on the inside as well as out. They have accomplished what they have set out to do, and they have the right to be proud and happy.

Not all successful people will make headline news and be interviewed by major television stations and talk-show hosts.

They don’t need this type of exposure to enjoy what they have achieved. All truly successful people are willing to share their insight and knowledge so that others may reach their goals and their pinnacles of ability. Successful people can find joy in simple things and the sound of their laughter is not a mimicking type of facade, but a down-to-earth real-time sound that tells everyone around them that life is good and enjoyable.

Successful individuals take their goals and their strengths and weaknesses very seriously. They can, however, laugh at themselves, but they will never cross the line to ridicule or belittle another. They are true giants in whatever they pursue and undertake. These people face problems and look for solutions. There is no mountain that they feel cannot be ventured over and each morning brings fresh, new opportunities.

To a successful person, others are their equal, never beneath them. They may be giants of industry or the arts, but they truly listen and lift up everyone around them. Successful people are men and women in every walk of life, different ages, nationalities, and color. They are famous or live just next door. These giants of success are not afraid to lift everyone on their shoulders, so that they can see even further. A child is a vision and an older individual is a beacon of hope. Nature represents balance and the world is an arena of growth and true prosperity. Money, fame, and fortune are tangible and can disappear
overnight. Family, friends, and values last a lifetime and are worth their weight in gold. Time spent in truly listening to someone else is quality time and sometimes a simple walk down a woodland path with a friend is a chance to renew strength and composure. Winning an argument to them is not as important as understanding the views of another.

You are successful if you feel successful in the small achievements as well as the larger ones. You are successful if you feel you have all that you need, but you know the difference between want and need. You can share what you have and find that it multiplies in return.

The sound of success is laughter-a ringing, relaxed, I’m enjoying life no matter what it throws at me, type of laughter. Its an I’m glad you’re here, that I have the pleasure to know you, and let’s work together type of laughter. It’s also a can-I-help-you achieve your hopes and dreamsFind Article, and feel free to climb on my shoulders and see how far the world goes.
To your success-
ENJOY!
?Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 July

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