How Do We Measure Success?

Real Estate Agent with America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.

picThe measure of a man's success is not always found in the amount of wealth accumulated over a lifetime but rather in the influence he's had on others.  The contributions to mankind are great indications that a person has touched many lives and inspired so many to succeed.

We often find our successes in those of others who we have touched and influenced to advance their own lives in positive ways.  We find it in the lives of others who carry on our legacy and continue to contribute to society in the same way we influenced their lives.

We hope that in our time that we have been a positive role model for others and that we have helped them grow as individuals. 

Sometimes we never know how strong our influence has been.  We don't look for accolades nor do we seek out an accounting of all our good deeds.  Much of what we do, we do quietly and on a regular basis.  It's the way we live our lives and how we approach working with others that counts most. 

Andy Garcia is a figure in my personal life that had a positive influence on the direction I took and the interests I pursued.  He influenced me in my choice of universities and pointed me in a direction that would place me in an environment where he knew I would have support and other role models that would welcome me.  I chose the University of Akron because this was where Andy Garcia went to school.  He was an icon in Akron football and basketball and knew many of those who were icons themselves in Akron University sports history.  

When he learned I had chosen The University of Akron he was quick to give me a list of names of people I needed to connect with while at the University.  Among those he named were Kenneth "Red" Cochrane and Andy Maluk; both were icons in Akron sports history.  I took time to meet both of these men and once I mentioned Andy's name both men broke out in wide smiles and inquired as to how he was doing and spoke fondly of him.  They welcomed me warmly and always greeted me with a smile when they saw me on campus.

picAndy passed away in 1998 but his memory lives on.  The Conneaut Area School District named the gymnasium after him (while he was still alive) and you can find a stone in the beach area of Township Park that commemorates his dedicated service.

His funeral was held in the high school gymnasium; the one that was named after him.  I traveled to Conneaut to attend his funeral and pay my last respects.  As I pulled into a parking space another car pulled into the parking space across from me.  Immediately I noticed that the car also had Summit County license plates and I easily recognized the person that got out of the car.  Jack Greynolds was an icon in his own right as a famed basketball coach at Barberton High School in Summit County.  He had been an associate of Andy Garcia's and was there to pay his last respects as well.  Jack has since passed on as but his accomplishments and contributions to Summit County athletics are well remembered.

In the news reports of Andy's death it was obvious that he had touched so many lives during his time.  There were comments from past athletes and former teachers that had known him over the year as well as comments from several coaches that had known him and even one NFL coach that had played for him in high school.

I was recently inducted into the State Soccer Hall of Fame and take pride in having been recognized for my contributions.  Andy Garcia, in his lifetime, was inducted into seven halls of fame; one of them posthumously.  I had the privilege of being with him and his family when he was inducted into The University of Akron sports hall of fame and took advantage of this opportunity to speak with him of the influence he had had on my life.  I was proud to have had him as a mentor and coach; and later in life as a friend.

It's not often that we get to hear about how much positive influences we have had on the lives of others but I felt a great sense of pride in having had the opportunity to let him know that he had touched my life in so many ways.  Andy has passed on in this life but he continues to live in the hearts of so many lives he touched over his time.



William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Good question Jon... I measure success by the happiness I am surrounded with.  It is a lot easier to deal with the ups and downs!

Feb 28, 2009 06:29 AM
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Above & Beyond - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Jon, What a wonderful tribute to a great man. I think I am successful when I see happiness in my husband and daughter and that makes me happy too!

Feb 28, 2009 06:52 AM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Jon, congrtulations for being inducted into the State Soccer Hall of Fame. That is quite an accompishment.


Feb 28, 2009 02:18 PM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi all - There are many ways we measure success.  One, and not the only one, is how we influence and nurture others.  We touch many lives in our time and hopefully we are able to help them grow and become better people themselves.


Feb 28, 2009 10:03 PM
Vanessa V. Simmons
Real Living HER - Columbus, OH

Jon it is so easy for to get caught up in the day to day drive but taking time to reflect, step outside ourselves and pay tribute to someone else helps us keep connected and grounded.  Congrats on your honor and on the celebration of a friend.

Feb 28, 2009 10:23 PM
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi John—What great stories and memories you have of your mentors, icon and friends... these can never be taken from you. Congratulations on your induction to the State Soccer Hall of Fame. I think you continue to inspire people around you with your positive attitude and dedication. Thanks for a greatpost!

Mar 02, 2009 01:16 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Jon, You are so very lucky to have been able to tell Mr Garcia the positive affect he had on your life. Most of us can only dream about a one on one encounter. Congrats my friend...

Mar 02, 2009 07:16 AM
Barbara Delaney
Park Place REALTORS, Inc. - Roanoke, VA

Dear Jon,

What an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing with us!


Mar 05, 2009 08:33 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Great post! Congratulations, too, on your selection to the Soccer Hall of Fame. Now I can say that you're the only soccer player I know. I play tennis. I also play the piano, but that's not a sport, although sometimes after practicing my fingers, arms, and shoulders think it's a sport!

Mar 12, 2009 04:10 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Jim - Thank you foryour comments.  What is important in life is that we find things that we enjoy and do the best we can.  I've gravitated more toward playing golf in my later years; I haven't mastered the game yet but boy has my vocabulary changed! 

I would love to be able to play the piano.  However, being musically challenged there's more hope in my golf game!

Mar 12, 2009 04:55 AM