Happy Birthday Mother Teresa – Success and Impact on others

Mother Teresa and her impact on the world!

She helps define success as having an impact on others

Today is Mother Teresa’s birthday.  There is not enough room in this blog to honor such a person who had such an impact on the world.  But for today, let me just focus on one thing – the definition of success.  Many people define success as the amount of money they can make or stuff that they can accumulate.  Nice home, nice car, big bank account.  However, if you look at Mother Teresa who as a Catholic Nun took a vow of poverty, would you deny her a mention when talking about success?  She was very clear on her purpose and that was to make a difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor and what an impact she had.  She founded the Missionaries of Charity which consisted of over 4500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. She was awarded several honors including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.  Sticking to her purpose, she took the opportunity upon receiving the honor to further her cause by talking about the importance of reaching out to the poor.  Her acceptance speech was moving and motivating as she talked about what we can do to help others. She even donated her $192,000 prize money to the poor in India.

Was she complicated?  No – when asked what we can do to promote world peace, she answered “Go home and love your family”.  That is something, just for today, to strive for: to be more loving to those close to us and see what an impact we can make.  For me as a motivational speaker, I get caught up sometimes in defining my success as how many speeches I have on my calendar and how much money I’m bringing in and comparing that to others in my industry.  However, Mother Teresa reminds me that money is certainly not the only measure of success.  Thank you for reminding me that in following my dream, I am having an impact on my audiences.  And when I look into the eyes of someone in my audience who tells me after my speech that they were meant to hear my message and I changed their life, THAT is how I define success and I am grateful.

One of my favorite quotes of Mother Teresa is “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”  Thank you for your impact on the world and for your selfless acts that inspired the world.

From your re-defining the definition of success motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman



Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at http://www.MarilynSherman.com

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  1. Thank you Marilyn for this beautiful blog post. So well said. A wonderful tribute for a beautiful lady, by a beautiful lady. May we all include women like Mother Theresa in our list of women we aspire to be like. I think you are right, Marilyn, in defining success beyond dollars and cents. If we define ourselves in dollars and cents, then we will always measure our worth by dollars and cents. And that is not what God intended.  I’m going to share this post now so that it might bless others as it has blessed me.

  2. Lovely post, Marilyn. Love Mother Teresa’s line of “Go home and love your family.” If we all just did that consistently, our world would be even more incredible. Well written.

  3. Ah Marilyn, what a beautiful example and reminder of what is really important in life.  Wouldn’t it be great if we all (I’m SO talking to myself here) just practiced that one piece of advice that Mother Teresa gave us: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”  So profound. So simple. So needed.

  4. Thank you, Marilyn, for this great post and reminder of a wonderful human being.  I think I’ve just found my new favorite quote.  I leave your post a happier person!

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