Think back to first-grade language arts when you were formally introduced to the parts of speech. There were nouns, verbs, direct objects, adjectives and prepositions and these things called pronouns. Pronouns indicate the person speaking or the person spoken about. Remember the chart with the singular and plural sides and starting on the singular side you had I, You, He, She, It and then on the Plural side we, you, they. These personal pronouns can take the place of nouns or other pronouns. Flashback to Saturday mornings and Schoolhouse rock and maybe the link below will jog your memory. So what’s that got to do with success? For many success is tied to attainment of academic degrees and accolades, their position whether chief executive officer or chief operating officers, their sphere of influence and wealth. While these stated items may be barometers by which society measures someone’s level of success, success can be a personal pronoun.
As a personal pronoun success equals I, success equals you, success equals he and she, success equals we and success equals themy. Success is a factor in an equation in which you are the subject whether your name is Anna Marie or Estella Rose. So how do you function in this semantic equation? First you can function in multiple spheres of influence being either singular or plural. You can be a success as an individual but also can as a team utilize your skills and talents to achieve success in community. Secondly as a personal pronoun success becomes synonymous with who you are. Your integrity, the spirit of excellence that you put forth in every project and presentation and reaching across the aisle to bring people with differing views together to work as a team to complete a task speak to who you are. Those small things that are second nature to you are those characteristics that make you the unique, fabulous and fierce individual equal success. Finally without success as a personal pronoun you have an expression with an equals sign with no factors to balance it out. As the brilliant person you are, you are designed to make statements so what clearer statement can there be than you equal success. Be it. Live it. Walk it out.
Monica Leak is a speech language pathologist with the Charles County Public Schools in Maryland. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has worked as a speech language pathologist for over ten years and within this position has been involved in research, conference planning and grant writing, and program development on state and regional levels. Actively involved in the community, she is mentor with Community Lodgings, a transitional residential facility in Alexandria, Virginia and volunteers with Health Partners in Charles County, Maryland.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in the area of Communication Disorders and a Master of Arts degree from South Carolina State University in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She holds a Master’s of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. She is currently working on her Master’s of Divinity degree at John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, VA. She currently serves as an associate minister and Church school teacher First Baptist Church Vienna in Vienna, Virginia.