Sometimes, feelings and emotions can be such strong forces. A single person's greed, or his love for money or power can cause a large-scale war to break out. A simple compliment can sometimes generate so much motivation that it changes one's life all together. On the other hand, a single statement can generate so much negativity that it leads a child on to a path of delinquency.
Some of us are inherently so strong that we have a well defined set of goals, and will work towards them and achieve them, regardless of whether or not anyone backs us up. For these people, the end is its own reward. And then there are the more ordinary people, who need a little word of encouragement every now and then. Those who need to be reassured that failure is neither permanent nor is it the end of the world.
And then there are those of us who normally fall in the second category, but, at some point of time, come to realise that achieving their goals is a lot more important than what the rest of the world thinks of them. They come to an epiphany where they suddenly see the huge amount of strength that they always harboured within themselves.
There comes a time when a person realises that the conventional notions of success and happiness were simply not meant for her, and that she must define her own joy, her own success. It is then that she becomes the person she was actually meant to be.