What Does Success Mean To You?

Celebrating Art


What does winning mean to you? Awards? Money? Fame? Does it only count as a win if it is awarded by an outside source? If you award your own wins does that mean you are strong or that you are deluded?

Would you choose Van Gogh, hailed as a creative genius but unappreciated in your lifetime, or Fanny Fern, a popular author now forgotten by most of us, Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger?

Would you rather win with a bad ride or lose with a good ride?

Can you come in second & win? Can you come in first and lose?

Related to my New Years Day post [Onwards].

Wondering about my answers?

My love of horse show ribbons & my need for external validation is a matter of record, 2843 posts and counting.

Fanny Fern. Hands down.

I honestly do not have answer to win/bad ride vs lose/good ride. Winning with a good ride would be nice. I remember posing this question to a super-competitive friend. She looked at me like she could not understand why I bothered to ask.

Yup. “Coming second to her was like winning without the blue.” [Perspective, the first part, before I start fussing]


Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

6 thoughts on “What Does Success Mean To You?

  1. Lots of food for thought in this one…thank you πŸ™‚
    Not gonna clog up your comments with the pages and pages it would take to untangle this in my mind but in short – success is different to winning for me. Winning takes too much competitiveness for my comfort and only I get to judge whether I have succeeded.

  2. I have on several occasions been what I call top of the second flight. We were 6th in a class of 75, and the 5 in front of us were all pros with rising-star young horses. We couldn’t have beaten them if they’d stopped in the middle of the class for tea.
    Overall, my philosophy on winning is “if teacher is happy, everyone is happy”. Prizes are gravy; I’d never turn one down, but if I’m doing the best I can on the day, that’s the important part.

  3. If I lose with a good ride, if that ride is better than the one I did before, that’s a win.
    In the county fair, if I could see why I got the placing I did, I’m – I was, don’t compete anymore – OK with that. Winning 5th prize for cookies in the county fair was great because there were dozens of cookies. Yea me! I’d like to win a ribbon at a quilt show, but due to complicated circumstances haven’t quilted in a while.
    I’d pick Van Gogh. I’m unappreciated in my lifetime. πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t compete and will probably never travel that road again. (Been competitive in oh, so many sports) Regardless, there are good rides, great rides and not so great rides. I think many things factor into our perception of how we categorize our rides. For me, I mostly strive to have fun. If I’m trying to accomplish something and do, then that probably counts toward a good, maybe even a great ride. If I don’t, does that make it a not so great ride? Not always. For me, the hardest part about riding at this age and stage has been learning how to keep the right amount of pressure on the progress accelerator. Progress for me, progress for the horse. So I try to balance that with just “fun” rides. Rides where I try to take all the (mental) pressure and judgements away and just enjoy what my horse brings to the table. And if the sun is shining too? Then that definitely counts as a great ride. πŸ˜‰

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