To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Source: although this quote has always been attributed to Emerson, it has never been located within any of his work.
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a finger print. And that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.
Persistence Persistence Persistence. With the wind kissing my face and the ground supplying the grace / There is very little to impede the need. The need to succeed / Standing alone I discovered the reason for heart / For there stood the enemy. Wishing to stop me before I start / They will hold your ankles. Pull you down by the wrists / They will kick, bite, and push. They will-will resist / With little life left to see. Steady came my plea / For as long as I am me. I will-will persist