Since my students have been testing this week in the much publicized "high stakes" tests, achievement has been on my mind. As kids, there tons of ways to measure our achievement Sometimes we are measured against others, such as winning championships. Other times, our efforts are evidenced in achievements such as making an honor roll.
As adults, we also measure our achievement--the most obvious indicator being salary. We often view people who are financially successful as "winners" in the game of life. Perhaps we compare our homes or cars to those of others. There are no medals or honor rolls in adult achievement. My students have worked really hard and were very successful on this morning's test. I try to teach them that if they work hard they will be successful. As writers we may feel successful when finish a manuscript, get an agent, or make a best sellers' list.
What makes you feel successful?