Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Achievement vs. Success

"My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.' " Helen Hayes (US actress [1900 – 1993])[1]

Good advice for first-year students.  It isn't the grades or the rank; it's the learning that matters.  High grades and high ranks are nice, but it's the learning that carries the day when a client's interests are on the line. (dbw)

[1] From The Quotations Page,

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