I sometimes wonder if Inward Quest really is all about achieving success. Of course, we all want to be successful, but does this mean acquiring status and fame and riches? Or can a person be considered highly successful and not have much in the way of material things?

I, myself, do not have a "lot" of wealth, yet I think that I have been successful in some areas of my life, and I am very happy right now. I have always been concerned that newcomers to Inward Quest might get confused about what we mean by "Manifesting".

What do you think about this?

Blessings, Jaianniah

asked 19 Feb '11, 22:34

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Earl nightingale quotes “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”

This could be anything worthy- material or otherwise. However, I believe if you are a good hearted person, money and wealth will allow you to express that goodness much better.

Abundance is another word we can use instead of wealth or money. Abundance or wealth is much more than money or material things, its about relationships, spiritual health, physical health. Understanding we live in an abundant universe. There is always enough and plenty for everyone.

Everything is energy, even money, relations, thoughts. Wattles quotes "The purpose of nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life, and everyone should have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life." "No one ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and enjoying more."

It is our right to be Rich, Wealthy, Abundant.

I say "Make it a worthy goal to be Abundant"


answered 20 Feb '11, 03:04

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edited 20 Feb '11, 03:11

RPuls, you have given me a great answer. I especially like your definition: “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” A good quote. Thanks and Blessings, Jai

(20 Feb '11, 07:57) Jaianniah

I feel I have everything I want, I am happy!

(21 Feb '11, 08:13) evelyn

While I don't think there is anything wrong whatsoever with acquiring material wealth, I do tend to agree with you Jai - it's not necessarily what I consider success.

For me I am successful when I awake in the morning and set my intention to live that day to the fullest and I follow through on that intention. When I can be as consciously aware as possible, infusing my actions and interactions with mindfulness. When I do manage this I end my day on a thankful note looking forward to what the next day brings. I do have to note here that sometimes nothing considered extraordinary has to happen and that measure of success will always be determined by how I feel.

Obviously some days are more successful than others. I think the greatest feeling of success comes when we know we've made a difference in some way.

This quote was on my homepage this morning, seemed appropriate -

"Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. When you love what you're doing, you will be successful.


answered 20 Feb '11, 01:16

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edited 20 Feb '11, 13:16

Great answer as usual, Michaela! Blessings, Jai

(20 Feb '11, 08:03) Jaianniah

Thanks Jai - Nice question :)

(20 Feb '11, 13:17) Michaela

Nice Michaela. That quote is from 'Albert Schweitzer.' Where's your homepage?

(21 Feb '11, 00:18) Eddie

Love the quote Michaela, I love what I do, I feel I make a difference and not a penny changes hands.

(21 Feb '11, 08:11) evelyn

Great. Success is how I feel!

(13 May '11, 05:18) you

Glad to hear it Michael :)

(13 May '11, 11:36) Michaela
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I see success as being able to consistently place more money in the bank than I take out of the bank. As long as all of the money I earn goes to bills every month, I am owned by my bill collectors, I haven't freedom I am working for them not myself.

To whom does it profit to work all my life and when I grow old still have the same amount as when I first started working? It profits the bill collectors and IRS very much they sure appreciate all that hard work! Slavery exist now but people are not aware of it, if every cent I make goes to bills and being spent every month, I have made my self a slave. I work for money to give to them and what I can keep for my self is tinny by comparison if I am lucky.

However if I can consistently pay less in bills and keep more money, not for spending but saving to be put to work to draw more money at compound interest aside from the spending money I believe that is success.

It is a state of owning my self, a state of freedom from oppression of owing others and worrying where the next money to pay will be coming from. A state that is cleansed of worry because I know everything is being taken care of monthly and it is not affecting the saved total in a negative way.

This worry free state is a place where I am free to enjoy life, have a nice home and car. I don't mean a mansion or ferrari, although those would be nice I mean relaxed peace of mind knowing every month "don't worry" it has been paid automatically and there is plenty left to add to the investment.


answered 20 Feb '11, 02:43

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Wade Casaldi

edited 20 Feb '11, 02:55

Wade, RPuls has given a definition of what I mean about success: “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” This is what I meant, only a lot shorter and in a lot less words.... :D Jai

(20 Feb '11, 08:02) Jaianniah

Being happy and feeling good in your now moment is success; everything else is just details. As long as you’re happy and feeling good in your now moment, what difference does your intellectual, rational or emotional quests make? You only want those things believing they’ll make you happier anyway 8-)


answered 21 Feb '11, 00:15

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Success for me is the following trinity. LOVE,HEALTH,MONEY.

With those three in place happiness ( for me at any rate) is sure to exist.



answered 20 Feb '11, 11:44

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Monty Riviera

To me success means not having to define success anymore.

Thank you


answered 20 Feb '11, 20:10

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Self sufficient. Without need of support from overseers and owe no one.


answered 21 Feb '11, 21:18

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