January 17, 2000
This week, we have a story written by Pat Peterson , from Arnes, Manitoba. He took part recently in literacy classes with the Interlake Adult Learning Association (IALA).
Most people want to be successful in life. The public feels a person that owns a new car, house, beautiful yard, lots of wealth, is successful. He owns a plane, and of course, he also own a vacation home. He will also possess very nice clothing.
A person who has a career in sports such as these are successful : the NHL, NBA, CFL, NFL. These are the larger, well-known leagues. He would be in the public eye and have lots of fans who would idolize him. And of course lots of money is involved in playing national sports.
The definition of success is having a couple of nice kids, a spouse, many friends, owning property, such as a house, car and truck, a couple of pets, and having no debts of any kind.
So, "yes", there are many ways to define success. It's just up to the individual to decide how or what success is. For me the last definition of success works.
[This story was taken with permission from a collection of learners' writings from the Interlake area of Manitoba, entitled Interlake Insights, published by the Interlake Adult Learning Association (IALA).]