The Definition of Success

Merriam-Webster defines success as a “favorable or desired outcome; also: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.” While listening to Executive Director Kari Galloway speak at a recent Friends of Guest House training, I broadened my own definition of success, and gained a deeper understanding of success. Ms. Galloway spoke about how, to one individual, success equates to having multiple degrees and a good job, but to another individual, success could mean staying sober for one full day. This put things into perspective for me. I realized that minuscule, everyday frustrations may not be as large as one might make them out to be, and that there are many people struggling to overcome truly large obstacles, such as drug addiction, or staying out of the criminal justice system. The lesson I learned was simple: Be thankful for the opportunities that you have had, and work to help others who were not as fortunate to be given those same opportunities. When we do this, everyone involved can attain favorable outcomes and indeed achieve success.

Brittany, GMU Intern Friends of Guest House