December 26th

Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it. Viktor Frankl

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5 Responses to “December 26th”

  1. Bruce Says:

    This could be shortened to

    “To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target”
    Ashleigh Brilliant

  2. Paula Says:

    I agree, with both .
    The will to refine your own ways to the better, and the will to ‘move on’ with all your strength, (after a ‘grate fall’) can only bring positive feedback, and possibly become the font of your personal happiness.

    Happy Summer to you Bruce

  3. jacqui Says:

    I am sure I commented on this last year, i don’t like all the target shooting references..in frankls quote he did not use the word ‘shoot’ it was about aiming for success…but i think oyu coudl just reduce the quote to this “Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it”

  4. Poetic Universe Says:

    Happy Boxing Day and happy Sumer.
    Victor Frankl Rocks.
    His messages have multiple layers and I am very reluctant to cut this one down as it has such urgency to it in its full form, but I do love the feedback and I want to know more about grate Fall.
    To me the quote is about whole heartedness in what you do!

  5. Danny Says:

    Happy Boxing Day. I love the quote and am happy to see that there are pool competitions in Tibet.

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