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hi,

The meaning of our lives is not to HAVE success but to BE successful.

What is the difference between having success and being successful?

 My understanding is that (to have success) is to gain success for a period of time or for a particular job. While (to be successful) means the continuity of success.

Am I right?

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 My understanding is that (to have success) is to gain success for a period of time or for a particular job. While (to be successful) means the continuity of success.

Hi, Izzy—Is the highlighted sentence in your post a quotation? If so, where have you taken it from? You must always cite the sources of quotations at this site.

Since the highlighted sentence is rather philosophical, my guess is that the unnamed text from which you've taken the quote explains the difference.

That said, your understanding of the distinction is valid. Another person might argue that they are the same thing. It really depends on how you look at it.

In other words, this is a philosophical distinction which may or may not exist and which grammar alone cannot help you to resolve.

Generally speaking, someone who has a lot of success is successful. However, someone who is generally unsuccessful might have success at some things.

"To be successful is to have a personal sense of fulfillment, meaning and purpose. To Have success is the money and material things.   Having the stuff is meaningless if you don’t feel peaceful and  fulfilled."

I agree with David that this is a philosophical question. As confirmed by the author, "being successful" refers to a permanent state while "having success" refers to an occasional or accidental situation.

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