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Aristotle held that virtue is a mean—not an end, and is the only practical road to effective action. Success, therefore, is not an accomplishment, rather a way of being—a path one walks. Many people believe success has to do with one's wealth or accomplishments. In truth, it is not what you achieve in life, rather how you live your life—the path that you walk each and every day—that reflects your ultimate success.

Your positive emotional state and the noble actions you choose to take each day are at the very basis of your success as a human being. The ideal state of emotional fulfillment is what YPR refers to as Happiness. The ideal form of noble day-to-day action is what he calls Heroism.​​

In a personal letter to YPR, legendary writer and humorist Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “Dear YPR, The toughest part of my job is dealing with people who write better and think more clearly that I do. You may already know that Nietzsche said that only people of deep faith can afford the luxury of skepticism. This could explain your aplomb and mine in the midst of moral chaos.”

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