Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."
- Viktor Frankl

2 comments:

Lady Linda said...

Just curious, who is Victor Frankl? I noticed you have a couple of interesting quotes from him. By the way, love the picture of the butterfly boquet!

Kim said...

do a Google search on Viktor Frankl. Pres. Tanner just quoted him this past Sunday in his talk. I remembered how much I had learned from the book long ago. It is a sad story - all true - of Viktor's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. The book is filled with bits of insight. And it is always good to ponder about what we have to be grateful for.