Success is a funny thing. Earl Nightingale defined success the best I have ever heard it done. He said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” Meaning if you have a worthwhile goal and are working towards it, by definition you are a success. This is all well and good, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when Earl made that statement. Today’s world is a lot different. We can do everything in a nanosecond and with the push of a button.

This can make focusing on the big picture rather difficult. It can feel discouraging when you are working towards a ‘worthy ideal’ as Mr. Nightingale so wonderfully described, and you do not seem to be getting anywhere. How do you keep going? How do you stay motivated and inspired?

Allow me to use myself as an example. My goal is to become a best-selling author. I would love to get my books in the hands of as many people as I can. In this way, I can share, teach and inspire people to reduce their stress, increase their joy and become the best version of themselves. It is my dream to have a world full of people who can see the beauty in themselves, others and the world around them. To that end, I have done author festivals, started this website, and even started making YouTube videos for all of those who are not that keen on reading. Still, some days it feels as if I hit a plateau and that nothing is working. What do you do then? You celebrate!!!

Celebrate? Yes, make sure you take time to celebrate each and every little success along the way. For example, that is a copy of my book on the shelves of Barnes and Noble. (the bright yellow one) Even though my book is available online there is something special about seeing it on the shelf of a major retailor. It is my hope that people who need this book the most will be drawn to it and it will benefit their lives as they need. Even celebrating your so-called failures will help. Approaching them with a “I’m glad I got that lesson out of the way.” spirit will go a long way to helping you keep your chin up. Remember even a mistake, as awful as it may seem, is one step closer to success.

Success can be like cooking something in the oven. It takes a while, but cones out so delicious. A lot of us would like to throw our success in the microwave and have it come to iss right away. Much like microwave food, the reward for that can be not worth having.

Celebrate each and every day leading up to the achievement of your final goal and you will reach it quicker than you can imagine and you will do so with a smile on your face!


  1. Excellent read. So true, the best things in life are worth waiting for. Best things take time to blossom and \ or take root. Love the concept of microwave, because I rarely use because it takes away the texture and flavor. Keep it up.

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  2. Another great, inspirational article, Neil! And I love the cover of your book.

    You see, many people say that e-books are better. But, I – for instance – would rather turn the pages and feel the pleasure of using a booksign, instead of opening it on my phone. Readying is all about relaxion. And turning pages does this, compared to staring at the screen we use so much already.

    On the other hand, going back to the success in the oven…

    Yes, I agree. The oven needs to warm up (which takes a while), but success flourishes in there. As for the microwaves… Take popcorn for example: out of one pack, maybe 10% to 20% will burn out, which spreads a slightly sour taste to the rest 😉

    So, your solution is the greatest mindset EVER. Why? Because it allows you to stay with the “now” and cherish every bit, instead of looking too far away and lose the little things on the way there.

    Kudos, my wise friend! 😊

    P.S. Being so far away, can I order the paperback version of your book online? That will definitely outline my bookshelf and bring joy to my soul 😊


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