Success isn’t just a result. It is a journey. A culmination of total life experiences. It is the process of reaching a goal. When you say you “were” successful you are acknowledging an end of a journey that could help you reach further that your mind could ever imagine. I am successful. I am still striving to be better, to do better, to bequeath a succession of achievement both tangible and intangible that is so great that success will have no choice but to continue on its journey even when I’m long gone.