Friday, July 8, 2011

Quotes and Cookies: Achievement and Success

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”

~Helen Hayes

I love this, because you have a lot more control over achievements than you do success. It largely depends on how much you want something, how focused you are, and how hard you are willing to work toward it.

Helen Hayes was an actress with a 70 year career. And she was one of only twelve people ever (!) to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. So I say if she kept everything in perspective by keeping her focus on achievements instead of success, then it must work pretty darn well.

And I think Helen Hayes’ mother must’ve been one smart lady.

Hm. I say we eat Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies today, if for no other reason than they are making my mouth water! Raise yours high into the air-- here’s to recognizing the distinction between achievement and success!

Happy Friday, everyone.


Jessie Humphries said...

Dang I wanna share those cookies with u!

Janet said...

Those cookies look so yummy!!

Kristine said...

Wow, that quote is really inspiring. Imma steal it and add it to my blog. :)

Stacy Henrie said...

Love that quote - what a good distinction between achievement and success.

And boy do those cookies look yummy! Never tried that kind.

Elana Johnson said...

So true! It's about realizing what we can control, and what we can't.

And I am going to make cookies today.

Jessie Humphries said...

Me too elana! I made like 120.... a little overkill? Look what u did Peggy!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! I made cookies last night, too!

Unknown said...

I have some extra bananas... cookies look like a good way to go.

Carterista said...

Now I feel much better about not being a success. LOL.

Peggy Eddleman said...

ninja-- Cookies are ALWAYS a good way to go. Of course, I'd never say no to banana bread, either.

Carterista-- Then my job is done. :)