Quotable Insights: Success Through the Self

Via Victoria Klein
on Mar 1, 2011
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Like many people, I find quotes to be exceptionally inspiring. It is truly amazing how a particular sequence of words can change your entire mood, perspective, and overall outlook on life. Quotes can take on an entire life of their own … and that’s what I’m here to explore. In each “Quotable Insights” post, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes, along with an expanded contemplation on its meaning.

“Self-acceptance leads to success, not the other way around.” – Deepak Chopra

We each have our own definition of “success”. For some, it is a foreign car, big house, and expensive vacations. For others, success means being debt-free, loving their job, and spending lots of time with family & friends. No matter what you personal definition of success is, you aren’t going to get there from where you are now.

Why? Because you’ve probably put your pursuit of success ahead of your personal health.

From a very young age, we are ingrained with the notion that “success” must be achieved as fast as possible, and once you are “successful”, life will be perfect. The problem is that we are forced to decide what our definition of success is before we are 20 years old. We are far too young & naive to know what we really want & need, and what is truly best for us as individuals.

Life is journey – a journey we begin the day we are born & that continues to morph each and every day. In turn, our definition of success will be transformed with each new person we meet, job we work, book we read, and place we visit. As we change, the “success” we yearn for changes.

How can you reach “success” if you don’t know what “success” means to you? You can’t know what your definition of success is until you know yourself honestly & deeply. Do things that scare you. Cry countless tears. Talk to strangers. Make mistakes and own up to them. Let everyone into your heart.

What we often believe to be our genuine self is nothing more than a composite of modern culture. Take nothing at face value. Investigate every subject and hobby with child-like curiosity. Try things you assume you won’t like.

Make self-exploration & self-acceptance your primary life goals – “success” will naturally follow.

How do you interpret this quote?

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About Victoria Klein

Introduced to Yoga in 2000 at a gym in Connecticut, my personal practice has taken me through a crippling post-high-school era of depression and anxiety, 3 cross-country relocations, + the general rollercoaster of life. In 2012, I fulfilled a major item on my bucket list by graduating from the True Nature School of Yoga 200-Hour program in Oceanside, CA + eagerly began teaching as an RYT 200. In 2013, I've continued my dedication to education by taking True Nature's 500-Hour program, progressing toward the RYT 500 designation. Also a professional freelance writer since 2005, my first book, 27 Things to Know about Yoga, was published in 2010. I previously worked the front desk at the well-known Yoga Tree studios in San Francisco + in the production department at Yoga Journal Magazine. In my spare time, you’ll find me cooking, running, taking lots of pictures, being a Marine Corps spouse, and infusing Yoga into my entire life. My Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of effort + ease, sweating + relaxation, with numerous opportunities + options given to make each individual class easier or harder, depending on how you feel that day. As a teacher, I strive to help my students find clarity, compassion, + patience, both on + off the mat. FYI: you should join my newsletter so you don't miss any of the fun! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, + Pinterest!


7 Responses to “Quotable Insights: Success Through the Self”

  1. Madison says:

    The most important science to study — the science of self. Thanks for your insight, I too am a quote lover 🙂

  2. I like that quote very much, Victoria, and your commentary as well.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  3. Love that quote, Victoria. Great interpretation as well. Cheers!

  4. As always, thank you for your support, Bob 🙂

  5. Thank you, Lynn! 🙂

  6. cindy weinstein says:

    I concur and thank you for posting both the quote and your 'in'-sights! It's all Dynamic, donchaythink? Success as an ever-changing entity..and you become acquainted as you get to 'know' yourself~

  7. yogiclarebear says:

    From a Christian, err, “follower of Jesus” (see: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/03/my-plea-to… perspective, this has the same tone to it that I feel when I realize that I don’t have to be good for God to love me… through the love of God, of Divine of Self, I am realizing that I simply AM good and will act accordingly. In the same tone …when we realize Self, we see that we ARE success…