The ledger of daily work

How do we define success?

Am I successful if perform an act of courage? If I climb to the top of my profession? If I have collected things that money can buy?

Beryl Markham, in her autobiography West with the Night, has another definition. I like it even though I’ve edited her words, written decades ago, so that they no longer refer to “man” and “he” and “him.”

Here’s my edited version.

“If a woman has any greatness in her, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of her daily work.”

Markham makes me think about what I’m doing today to ensure my success in the future—and, just as important, what small things I am doing today that makes this a successful today.

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