- WEALTH: Probably the most common misunderstanding about success is that it's the same as having money. A lot of people believe that if they accumulate wealth, they will be successful. But wealth does not bring contentment or success. Wealth and what it brings are at best fleeting. Greek millionaire Aristotle Onassis, who retained his wealth and died at a ripe old age, recognized that money isn't the same as success. He maintained that "after you reach a certain point, money becomes unimportant. What matters is success."
- A SPECIAL FEELING: Another common misconception is that people have achieved success when they feel successful or happy. But trying to feel successful is probably even more difficult than trying to become wealthy. The continua search foe happiness is a primary reason that so many people are miserable. If you make happiness your goal, you are almost certainly destined to fail. You will be on continual roller coaster, changing from successful to unsuccessful with every mood change. Life is uncertain, and emotions aren't stable. Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.
- POWER: Power is usually recognized recognized as an excellent short-term antidepressant. This contains a lot of truth because power often gives the appearance of success, but even then, it's only temporary. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Power is a test of character. In the hands of a person of integrity, it is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes terrible destruction. By itself, power is neither positive nor negative. And it is not the source of security or success. Besides, all dictators, even benevolent ones, eventually lose power.
- ACHIEVEMENT: Many people have what is called "destination disease." They believe that if they can arrive somewhere, attain a position, accomplish a goal, or have a relationship with the right person they will be successful. Simply achieving goals doesn't guarantee success or contentment. It is not reaching a destination. Success is a journey.
John C. Maxwell...(Your Road Map For Success)