Arturo Herrero

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Éxito

Éxito: Del lat. exĭtus ‘salida’.

Éxito: Esa palabra que siempre va entrecomillada. Que cada cual defina qué significa tener éxito en la vida, a mí me gustan estas dos definiciones.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Commencement Address 2005 Stanford University, Steve Jobs.

For I have a single definition of success: you look in the mirror every evening, and wonder if you disappoint the person you were at 18, right before the age when people start getting corrupted by life. Let him or her be the only judge; not your reputation, not your wealth, not your standing in the community, not the decorations on your lapel. If you do not feel ashamed, you are successful. All other definitions of success are modern constructions; fragile modern constructions.

Commencement Address 2016 American University of Beirut, Nassim Taleb.

March 25, 2021 | @ArturoHerrero