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Traditionally unique

Unique or tried-and-true? Both can succeed. Macaroni & cheese is never 'a complex mix of sophisticated flavors that borders on the divine.' But if you don't screw it up, kids and adults alike will gladly dig in.

By Garrison Wynn | November 1, 2010; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eye of the beholder

Being singled out for doing a good job is not the Japanese way. So our chefs clamor for a Michelin star and Japanese chefs just shrug their shoulders. Different paradigms.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 1, 2010; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Success' shadow side

Attention has a downside. For some of us notoriety can be painful, with unwanted consequences. I think of people like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson.

By Jeanine Cogan | November 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Food and values

Value is always determined in the eye of the beholder and many organizations and people forget this to their detriment.

By Seth Kahan | November 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Whose heaven?

Domination -- one language over many, one culture over all others, one way of judging cuisine or student achievement -- is the root cause of much human conflict, poverty, oppression, and the shattering disappointment of French chefs.

By Patricia McGuire | November 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Defining success

The question now is whether we can -- or need to -- succeed in Afghanistan. We can if we find a way to define success that our political and military forces can achieve at a price that our society is willing to pay.

By Jan Scruggs | July 12, 2010; 12:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

First hand

There is no excuse for a commander to be talking the way McChrystal was in the recent Rolling Stone article. These people are risking their lives every day and they deserve respect.

By Eric Schaeffer | July 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cheap shots

McChrystal was wrong to betray his military professionalism with cheap shots in Rolling Stone. But in an ironic way, his bizarre conduct has exposed the even more bewildering nature of this unwinnable war.

By Patricia McGuire | July 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Walking a fine line

When Gen. McCrystal recently spoke his mind, he looked both honest and insubordinate -- which is arguably commendable, yet intolerable for a leader in his system.

By Hile Rutledge | July 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

My Business Bibles

What I loved about Malcolm Gladwell's 'Outliers' is that it emphasizes the need for mastery -- 10,000 hours of practice for anything to achieve mastery.

By Marissa Levin | June 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Under a white-hot spotlight

We like to think that a lot of things get better with age, but mostly that applies to just wine and cheese.

By Garrison Wynn | May 17, 2010; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

A class act

The former first lady has a lot of ideas and personal convictions, but she chose to keep them to herself, until now.

By Cleve Francis | May 17, 2010; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (11)

No shouting needed

Laura Bush was a great asset to the nation and certainly to her beleaguered husband.

By Jan Scruggs | May 17, 2010; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strong and successful

Somehow, the media chooses to focus on making Laura Bush uncomfortable, more intent on igniting gossip than appreciating her significant accomplishments.

By Seth Kahan | May 17, 2010; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Laura's choice

Public figures do not owe the public the spectacle of every salacious and boring detail of their personal lives. We have the Palin family for those who like oversharing.

By Patricia McGuire | May 17, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

It's hard work

Scott Brown will have to work hard to morph himself, yet again, to attain a new level of success among his peers at the Capitol. One thing is sure: it's not something likely to happen overnight.

By Michael J. Berland | January 26, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

3 key ingredients

People who define themselves as successful tend to be both optimistic and happy. If you lacked optimism, you'd think there was little point in even trying. And happiness gives you the energy to do so.

By Hile Rutledge | January 7, 2010; 10:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four keys

We all face challenges -- so find out what needs to be done and address it.

By Seth Kahan | January 4, 2010; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

I thought I knew

As a teenager, even though I still appreciated winning awards and prizes, I found myself questioning the limitations of achievement.

By James S. Gordon | January 1, 2010; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defining success

In my personal life, as a runner, success for me has changed as I have aged and my body has slowed. ... It has been an important growth experience for me to learn how truly the definition of success changes over time and across situations.

By I. King Jordan | December 18, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Doing good

What has helped her achieve success is that she was able to recognize early on who she is and to put herself in situations that value who she is.

By Michael J. Berland | November 30, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mom knew best

My mother had a simple formula for success: Live by the Golden Rule, work hard, turn the other cheek, take care of your family, give 100 percent -- and you will have a fulfilling life with no regrets.

By Russ Ramsey | November 4, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

A strong foundation first

Success includes taking risks and having passion for doing the next thing.

By Susan Lacz | November 4, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fulfillment as motivation

A sense of fulfillment makes us feel good -- wanting more. It is a powerful, intrinsic motivator pushing us towards more challenges and more successes.

By Daniel A. Domenech | November 3, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Immeasurable impact

Sometimes, the greatest impact you can have goes beyond what you can report or measure or quantify, or even begin to explain.

By Sherri Y. Geng | November 3, 2009; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goals without guile

Success is setting and accomplishing goals, big or small

By Tom Heath | November 3, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Overcoming the underlying lie

People will say that success doesn't mean how much money they have -- but it's a lie. I've defined my success by the amount of peace I have in my life because peace is priceless.

By Michelle Singletary | November 3, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Challenges can strengthen resolve

Experiencing challenges and overcoming them gives you confidence and often strengthens your resolve to achieve your goal.

By Jeanine Cogan | November 3, 2009; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Praise from a teenage son

It took a few decades and one teenager to show a mom that she was a success because she had done the things that were important to her.

By Kelly Harman | November 2, 2009; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting to your core

Success is a journey that gets one closer and closer to his or her inner self, like the trunk of a tree that has lost its leaves of protection.

By Misti Burmeister | November 2, 2009; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Helping and inspiring others

Success is not just measured by how we acquire money, but also by how we give it away -- and how we give of ourselves in the process.

By Jan Scruggs | November 2, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Passion and energy first

Success takes endless energy and boundless passion -- you have to be willing to do anything to make it happen.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 2, 2009; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vision, not luck

We must have a predetermined vision of what we want. Without such a vision, crucial moments pass us by. With a vision, we are able to connect the dots in each encounter and continue to lay bricks towards our goal.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 2, 2009; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Success on your own terms

Before they even understand why, children learn early to respond with socially acceptable answers to the question of: What do you want to be when you grow up?"

By Celeste Owens | November 2, 2009; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (4)

Success through the eyes of others

Although we may not want to think of external recognition as an important component to defining success, many of us may -- perhaps subconsciously -- believe this.

By Catherine H. Tinsley | November 2, 2009; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Building significance

Significance is built daily by reaching out to people as a way to make a difference in others' lives as well as a way to explore and learn to enrich your own.

By Tamara Darvish | November 2, 2009; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alignment, potential and self-awareness

You are successful if you live into your potential, can satisfy your needs and live in alignment with your values.

By Hile Rutledge | November 2, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Success in stages

Success means different things at different stages in life -- and sometimes that includes saying "no."

By Tanya S. Chutkan | November 2, 2009; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Achievement and a happy life

Success is largely self-defined, and can take many forms -- from raising children to building a major enterprise.

By Fred Malek | November 2, 2009; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Loss can reveal what matters

Success is a lifelong journey measured by an increasing awareness of what you have been given and an obligation to give back.

By Raul J. Fernandez | November 2, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy in your own skin

The most successful people are happy in their own skin, confident in their abilities and choices, caring little for acclaim or possessions. For them, success means doing a great job each day, keeping promises, telling the truth, staying faithful to commitments even in tough times.

By Patricia McGuire | November 2, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Success = Fulfillment

Success is achieved by using your natural way of being and your own personality as a path to chart your own course.

By Michael J. Berland | November 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Multifaceted, individualized

As long as you have given your best, you are still a success.

By Ashok Bajaj | November 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Juggling kids and a company

As the mother of four children and a female CEO, I define my success as being able to handle both areas successfully.

By Kristina Bouweiri | November 2, 2009; 02:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

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