Russ Ramsey
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Russ Ramsey

Founder, chairman and CEO of Ramsey Asset Management; also chairman of the George Washington University board of trustees.

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Mom knew best

Q: How do you define success?

My recently deceased, wonderful mother had a simple formula for success. Live one's life by the Golden Rule -- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Live that 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. Those words have rung true for me my whole life. Having observed this wonderful woman and then reflecting back on her amazing journey, several other definitions of success come to mind.

A committed life is a successful life. What do I mean by committed? I mean commitment to sharing and completeness in relationships and in life. My mother left her time here complete and with no expectations unfulfilled. Ask her what she "knew" and she would share it with you. Ask her what she "thought" and be prepared to hear it, but be prepared to really "hear" what she thought as opposed to what she thought you wanted to hear.

Expectations are a function of one's belief system. Living a successful life also means having "no regret." Each individual will experience success as long as success is defined as one's interpretation of events as opposed to some "is" or expression of someone else's goals or expectations. There is no is. Life is an interpretation and each person's definition of success and belief systems are deeply personal.

Share, pursue one's own goals, love life, complete every relationship, and find joy in defining your individual definition of success.


By Russ Ramsey  |  November 4, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If only people focused more on living the Golden Rule instead of just saying it these days. But we should learn from the experience of our elders, our mothers and fathers do know best because of their experiences and I know I have learned much from my mom and dad. Thank you for sharing this was uplifting.

Posted by: teejrocksdahouse | November 5, 2009 10:45 AM
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