The real trophy

 My response to a painter who wished to have her friends success:

"I think maybe better to simply admire the skill of our friends. Painting skills in the studio are hard won from long hours of work and deserve appreciation.  'Success' is a lucky stroke given haphazardly to one of any number of similarly talented painters. You can't wish for success. If you were lucky to be recognized for your work, the real trophy is the time you have been given to continue."