“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.
I’ve never been particularly ambitious and I am not sure I ever “made it” anywhere. I have no idea why I am so unmotivated to climb the ladder of success. Wired that way, maybe.
Personal stuff — relationships, home, having fun — has always been more important to me than traditional success.
Which means that where I live has always been for personal reasons. New England, because Garry was (is) here. Jerusalem because it’s a giant tel full of ghosts, artifacts, and history. New York city, because I was born there and I was a kid, so I didn’t have a choice. Long Island (New York) because I went to school there, married a guy who worked at the university, and got stuck.
I never lived anywhere because it was professionally advantageous … or even sensible.
Being as I have nothing much to say about this, I thought I’d include some quotes from other people about success.
Which reminds me of college where I discovered you don’t actually have to write a paper yourself. You just have to quote sources and properly reference them. This will impress your professor without straining your brain to come up with an original idea.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
― W.C. Fields
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”
― Bette Midler
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut”
― Albert Einstein
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”
― Mark Twain
And so it goes. Success is however you define it and whether or not you’ve made it is entirely a matter of opinion. Yours is the one which counts.