My Philosophy Of Life : How Should An Individual Measure Success?

709 Words Jun 28th, 2016 3 Pages
My philosophy of life is to learn as much as possible and to make a difference in everything that I do. The impact I have on my circumstances and surroundings should be as positive and as long-lasting as possible. Life is the acquisition and application of knowledge to better myself and those around me.
How should an individual measure success in their life? I prefer to think of success not in terms of acquiring material items but rather as John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, defined it. He said “success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” The measure of my life is more about what or who I have impacted in a positive way, rather than what I have gained materially.
Positively impacting a life can be as simple as a sincere smile or kind words. A positive attitude and genuine caring for others can dramatically alter how we view our world and those around us. I have taken this approach in both my personal and professional lives. Each person has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and the difference-making begins with me.
As a teacher, I am confident that I can extend this philosophy to the classroom. Teachers have the ability to affect the future every day. When I reflect upon my primary education, I can point to a few key moments when a teacher made an enormous difference in my life. Whether it was some…

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