I have heard success defined, questioned, debated, and re-defined more times then I have heard the dreadfully-appealing-in-the-closet-head-bobbing hit single, My Humps, by Black Eyed Peas. There are bad songs that offend our sensibilities but can still be enjoyed; then there are the songs that are just really bad—transcendentally bad, objectively bad. But kind of good. This is one of those songs and success is one of those debates. You would have to be dead and wearing ear plugs not to hear either the song or the debate.
And now, like BEP, it is my turn to stir the dead with an idea of success. Consider, if you would, the speed of Light for a moment……
……and now, hold the thought.
Have you ever woke up one morning with the feeling that you are working and living at 100% capacity? You have this sense that there are no more heights nor depths nor far reaching places that your capacity and potential will allow you to achieve or explore? That is not a very exciting day to get out of bed is it? In fact, it is most likely the day that you felt the isolated and desperate icy waters of failure; cold hard and clear to the naked eye failure. At least it seemed like failure.
Still holding that thought? Good. Consider this.
I have always understood Light to be something of a metaphor of triumph; Light prevails over Darkness, good over evil, Oilers over Hurricanes. Light illuminates and pulls the images out of film in a Dark room. Light has allowed us the simple pleasures of color, shape, and hue while affording us (at very steep price tags) the opportunity to marvel at the multiple-personalities of its wave/particle duality. We sit in the warm filtered rays of sun Light and turn to a delicious golden brown while somewhere a sculptor uses highly focused lasers of Light to cut diamonds. It is no wonder we have attached the ‘Light as victory’ idea to all things brighter then Dark; the Bible even uses the metaphor. Yet, if we were judging Light purely by its speed it would have surely lost.
In the relatively small world of physics Light brags boasts and legitimately believes itself to be faster then anything. However, if anyone should know the truth it should be Light. No matter how fast Light travels it finds that Darkness has always got there first and is simply waiting for Light. Light, with its racing shoes on, consistently fails.
I wonder if that is success? The ability to never quite reach potential.