A television celebrity was being interviewed on the radio the other day and was asked if she felt ‘successful’. She thought about it for a moment, then related a short anecdote about an incident on the bus. A man had complained that her one-year-old daughter had kicked him. In response, the woman had stood up for herself and her daughter, making it clear the man had been wrong to complain about the inadvertent behaviour of such a young child. 

She told the interviewer that she had been very shy as a child, and at one time, faced with this sort of confrontation, she would have apologised profusely and shrunk away. So the fact she had learned to stand up for herself meant that, yes, she had been successful.

Not what anyone might have expected from a celebrity, perhaps, but I think she’s right.  

Note: photo from Ant Rozetsky on Unsplash

Published by Peter Runkel

"Work hard and be nice to people." Anthony Burrill

2 thoughts on “Success

    1. Yes, maybe she could have picked a better example of being assertive – not asserting the right of her child to kick someone – but I liked her suggestion that success was not money or fame (which she had) but overcoming her timidity.


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