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  1. Malag

    I don’t know what success looks like for other people; you’d have to ask them. The outward signs of success are just fragments. As for sincerity I hope I surround myself with people who are mostly sincere most of the time. 

    2 years ago
  2. Cathie

    I am not quite sure what is meant by then end of the question: that comes from sincerity?
    And I never have had a role model or someone I tried to emulate.
    So I am at a loss for an answer.

    2 years ago
  3. s
    sb

    Like Carol, my first thought was how lovely that everyone here is defining success by the good that is done rather than material success.
    As always, my Mum springs to mind -her whole life has been devoted to thinking of others before herself, something that she believes in incredibly sincerely and she has been so successful in so many ways – generations of school children have benefited, as have family members, “adopted” family, adults in her music group, my foster children, her friends…the list is endless and equally all have enriched her life.
    My aunt was a headteacher and was sincerely devoted to getting the best for and from her children.
    My husband who quietly does good around the Parish, often unnoticed except by those to whom he makes a huge difference to their quality of life, is sincere in his wish to help his community.
    I try to live up to them all.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    As I gaze out the window into the pre-dawn, the full moon is beaming. Not any full moon, but the anniversary full moon of the Buddha’s enlightenment. This day all of those years ago, a Truth unfolded and continues today. What can be more sincere than that?

    2 years ago
  5. Melissa

    My grandmothers both immigrants from Italy. They cooked homemade dinners for family and friends every single Sunday of their lives. They loved everyone unconditionally and worked from dawn to sunset and beyond helping their friends, family and community. Also they laughed a lot and made me so happy as a child growing up. I can still hear them singing in the garden.

    2 years ago
  6. d
    dcdeb

    My ex is highly successful at what he does. It has to do with the fact that he loves his work.

    2 years ago
  7. Linda

    My friend and colleague Greg. He is the best of the best; loves his daughter and wife, is a top-notch college instructor, a top athlete, and a wonderful colleague and friend. I never doubt his sincerity; he is a gem.

    2 years ago
  8. Chester

    There is worldly success and real success. All real success is rooted in sincerity.

    2 years ago
  9. SK

    If you are sincere in life, then you are very successful not only to others but to yourself.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I like that idea. 🙂

      2 years ago
  10. Carol

    Success and Sincerity are two words that I seldom link together. I remember a friend who had a T-shirt with a image of Snoopy saying, “How can we fail when we are so sincere?” I was heartened as I read the responses that all of you are sharing to this question because your answers define success as something relational and life-giving. They define sincerity as care and compassion for others. They remind me that to be successful is to be sincerely dedicated to being of service. I have been blessed to know so many folks who fill that bill. However, when I first read today’s question, I found myself heading to Google for definitions of sincerity and success. I include them here because I found them interesting but I must say I found the best definitions for both words when I read your responses to the question.

    Sincerity is the virtue of one who communicates and acts in accordance with the entirety of their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires in a manner that is honest and genuine. Wikipedia

    Sincere,” first recorded in English in the 1530s, is from the Latin word sincerus, meaning “clean, pure, sound, etc.,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. … The English word ‘sincere’ evolved from the Spanish sin cera—’without wax.

    Biblical definition:’Sincerity is the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy.

    Linken.com definition: Success (the opposite of failure) is the status of having achieved and accomplished an aim or objective.
    English Collins Dictionary definitions: 1. Success is the achievement of something that you have been trying to do. 2. Success is the achievement of a high position in a particular field, for example in business or politics. 3. Someone or something that is a success achieves a high position, makes a lot of money, or is admired a great deal.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That was quite interesting. Thank you, Carol!

      2 years ago
  11. Mike S

    Jerry and Judy Are a couple our age who we are good friends with. Jerry in particular is a model of sincerity, caring and is unassuming. He models acceptance.

    2 years ago
  12. Antoinette

    My 3 sons are models of success in sincerity . They love unconditionally and love their lives deeply. Even with the ups and the downs they have managed to always move forward with a knowing trust leading the way.

    2 years ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    One of my best good friends. She gives of herself to our community like no one else I’ve ever known. She has run numerous events in our community, and mentored me to do the same many years ago. She’s loving and kind and genuine and wants everyone to be happy. She’s such a beautiful soul and a great, supportive friend on top of all that. I’m so grateful to have her in my life!

    2 years ago
  14. Trish

    My sweetheart: he teaches Hebrew to fourth-graders, volunteers his time in a multitude of ways, cherishes his connections with people & devotes energy focused on the environment. The dude is amazing!!❤️

    2 years ago
  15. EJP

    She was a quiet soul yet possessed the ability to teach with her heart and spirit, enabling you to succeed in life such as she. In her own unique way she was a kind, gentle woman who was amazing. I want to be just like her…..

    2 years ago
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