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On Success

Recently my seven year old and I were talking about success and fame. This is because he’s obsessed with an animated reality show called Total Drama Island, which is even more dramatic than it sounds.

I asked him why they all wanted to go on the show.

“Because they want to be famous!” he said. This line–I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be famous–is built right into the theme song, a horrid earworm that I urge you to avoid at all costs, although the show does make me smile and I know why he loves it.

“Why?” I said. “Why be famous?”

“Because then they’re rich and they’ve got success!”

“What does it mean to be successful, what do you think?”

He got very quiet and then he said one of the more insightful things I’ve ever heard.

“I’m already lucky. All the people I love, love me back.”

I like his definition. If he’s right, I’ve been lucky enough to be successful too.

I hope you’ve had your own share, especially during this season. I’m always been grateful for the readers here. It’s good to be back and I hope you’re still there.


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  • marjorie December 10, 2015, 7:37 am

    Ready and waiting for the next great adventure 🙂 Blessings.

  • George P December 10, 2015, 8:01 am

    Beautiful thoughts, Josh, nice to have you back at it again!

    • Josh Hanagarne December 10, 2015, 10:00 am

      Thanks George. I never want to take a break like that again.

  • Alice December 10, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Grateful for this, Josh. For what you’ve written, and for your being here again.

  • Sasha {Pathologically Literate} February 9, 2016, 2:51 pm

    What a smart kid! Glad you’re back.