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published on 02/03/2007

Hats Off. . .to Success

By staff writer

My daughter interviewed for a new job a couple of months ago. When she was called back for the second interview, six people sat in front of her behind a table, each asking a question. We’ve all heard these questions before. The first was if she could bring three dead people back to life, who would they be? Instead of answering, my daughter said, “Oh gee, I thought you were going to ask me what three books I would take to a deserted island.” They all cracked up laughing; the tension broke.

I asked her who she picked to bring back to life and she said she could come up with only two people, her grandmother and Princess Diana. Her grandmother, she chose because they were close and Princess Diana because she died so young and still had so much to accomplish. Considering the fact that my daughter was only three years old when Diana married Prince Charles, this seemed a little lofty to me. But then I remembered that my daughter was 19 years old when Diana died and this woman had a great influence on young women all over the world and although Diana’s life came to an end, my daughter’s continues. Now 28 years old, she sees and feels the pull of life leading her to do things that she never thought she would ever do.

Of course, like most people in the world, success is number one on the list. But success to one person may not be exactly the same success to another. And what does it take to be successful? Answers can be found everywhere from blogs on the Internet, ads in the newspapers, magazine articles, and even advice from columnist. The three most popular ads on television as we enter this New Year are hearing aids, weight loss management, and self-help programs. All are geared to getting control of our life and becoming a success at the same time.

I haven’t figured out the hearing aid other than those people who refuse to admit they have a problem hearing suffer for lack of understanding of what is going on around them. Weight loss and self-help programs relate to our habitual lists we make each New Year to change, correct, or do over ourselves. But are these programs really the solution?

It has been said that the most important question a prospective employee should be asked is, “What do you do in your spare time?” Statistics show that people (other than young parents who spend all their spare time with their children) who “watch a little TV” are the least productive and people who volunteer in the community are the most productive, with those who spend their spare time reading and writing (especially poetry) are somewhere in between.

I have to admit that my daughter as well as myself does a little of all of the above. But I’d like to think that I’m a success at my job just as she will be at her new job. Yes, she was hired and says it’s the best job she ever had. In my eyes, she is a success and like Princess Diana will go on to accomplish more than she ever dreamed she could.