I have been asked this question many, many times mostly by those far younger then I am or those who perceive that I am successful in life.
Recently on one of the car forums I subscribe to a 26 year old asked the question “What truly is the key to success?’
Something about what he wrote made me realize that for far too many of us success is measured only in terms of material wealth. There was a time in my life that I too felt that way, but I have come to realize that is no longer what I believe success truly is.
Things came to me later in life than most people I know. I did not marry until I was 43 years old. I held my first baby in my arms at 47, my twin boys, and I did not meet the true love of my life until I was 53 years old.
I was also able to make a lifelong dream come true at 54 when my first novel Mr. Breeze was published.
So what do I think success in life means? As I approach my 56th birthday I now realize I want to give something back to society not just waste space in it. I have been donating to various charities for many years and more recently have been helping feed those less fortunate in the Philadelphia area.
My true gift as I am told is the way I can write, the way my books have touched those who have read them. This is my way of trying to help the world we all share to change for the better. I have no delusions of grandeur and I realize I am going to need all of your help to make these changes happen. But if you believe as I do, that it is possible I hope you will join me in trying. You see change can come one heart and one mind at a time.
So for me success in life is being proud of who you are, being the best person you can be and being a great dad to my sons, a good guide for two girls who have become part of my heart and my life, and being the best partner to the woman I love.