Every toastmaster’s meeting we attend has a theme and the WordMaster has to give a word that is in sync with the theme. The speakers, and all the members then have to use this theme and word at some point during the speeches, round table sessions. During the entire meeting while the wordmaster keeps count of the number of times the word was used.

After my first icebreaker speech , I was the wordmaster for the second speech. Before you introduce the word you need to lead the audience to the word. Here is my little 1-2 minutes effort. The theme of the day was “Milestone” and the word  I chose was “Success”


Milestone to me equals achievement ;  a sense of fulfilment  when we set goals and accomplish them. What do you term this sense of fulfilment?

To me it defines “Success”.

Success is relative.

It is proving that you are better than the rest but more importantly it is proving that you are better than your best.

I share with you what a few “ successful” folks thought about success:

Ann Landers was the pen name created by Chicago Sun-Tribune advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943. The syndicated advice column “ Ask Ann Landers” featured in many newspapers in North America and ran for 56 years. Here is what she had to say:

The Lord has given us two ends – one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most

Erma Bombeck an American humorist said;

Don’t confuse fame with success – Madonna is one, Helen Keller is the other.

John McEnroe – known for his tantrums and hot-head and frankess probably gave the best perspective about success which holds so true;

Everyone loves success, but they hate successful people

So don’t frown if someone hates you, he/she is probably jealous and deems you to be more successful then himself/herself.

And finally, I hope you all have at some point in your life seen  the awesome show “Kids Say the Darnest Things”. If you haven’t I suggest you go to youtube and watch it. Bill Cosby – the famous American comedian , actor was the show’s anchor. His rapport with the kids was the perfect recipe for the show’s success. Here is what the wonderful man said:

I don’t know the key to success, but I do know that the key to failure is trying to please everybody

Stop pleasing everybody, do what your heart and mind tell you is right, pursue your goals and success will follow.