The word success comes from Latin, successus, and means an advance, succession, or happy outcome, and succedere, «to come after».
According Manfred Kets De Vries, Success and failure are very closely linked and is associated «with the ability to go from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. In many instances, success seemed to be largely a matter of holding on after others had let go.» The act, succeed, is strongly connected to constancy, purpose, persistence, practice, self-confidence and finaly action.
Previously, success word interpretation was linked to a «gift given by God to the people». Biblical figures such as Abraham would request success from Him in certain tasks and everyday life. Lately, in sixteenth century, success word became connected to something one will be given by fate, God. In Shakespeare plays the word success is mentioned as something can be achieve with no effort. For example, asking spirits for «success and victory».
Seems it was only in the late nineteenth century that people came to strongly desire triumph, victories and positive results with the word success defining such a feeling. And became even more popular in the fifthies, with basketball players in EUA.
In modern society, success is viewd as a reward that is achieved by those who have worked hard and have a strong will. Today is recognized that «success requires training and discipline and hard work».
However, the full meaning of word success remains stable. Success has always been «succeeding fully or in accordance to one's desires»