What does my trusty Chambers English Dictionary make of this?
Briefly, fortune (good or bad), upshot , prosperousness, progress, achievement, attainment of wealth, influence or acclaim, a succesful person, book, affair, sequence, or successsion. Dictionaries!
What did a couple of great men from history have to say on the subject?
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. - Abraham Lincoln (1808-1865)
Try not to become a man of success but rather become a man of value. - Albert Einstein (!879- 1955)
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