There’s a tendency to always define success based on achievement. People focus on the end result. They like to see the “finished product.” But is that all there is to success? Putting a man on the moon is a tremendous achievement, but what about all the years of effort it took to get him there? The birth of a baby is a great event and everyone lauds the baby’s charm, but what about the nine months that the mother carried the baby and the labor pain she endured? Sitting down in someone ‘s home and enjoying a wonderful meal results in compliments about the food, but what about all the planning, shopping, cooking and presentation it took to get it on the table? The runner who wins a marathon race gets praise and awards for finishing first, but what about all the training and effort it took to run the race and what about the effort put forth by the many others who also finished the race behind the winner? Thomas Edison once said, ”Great accomplishments depend not so much on ingenuity as on hard work. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Perhaps it’s time to give more attention and praise to effort. Isn’t one’s best effort also success?