How Do You Define Success?

What does success mean to YOU?

How do you define your own success?

Many people work hard to impress others — their boss, their spouse, their neighbors.

Others work hard for themselves.

And others simply do not work hard.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of success is:

1 obsolete: outcome, result

2a: degree or measure of succeeding

2b: favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence

3: one that succeeds

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What does success mean to you?

Do you work hard because you should or because you are reaching for something — a career goal, more money, a promotion, etc?

Success can mean something different for everyone, it can be difficult, even impossible, to reach a point where you think “This is it. I am successful.” or “I am at the pinnacle of my career.”

For many, wealth equals success. For others, it is personal fulfillment. For others, it is having the right work-life balance.

Also, your goals can and will change and evolve over time. As your career grows, so will your end goals and plans for life.

This is completely normal.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

What does success mean to me?

My success is equated with happiness and passion.

Do I love what I do? Does it give me a sense of purpose and passion? Or am I just working for the weekend, waiting to cash that paycheck and pretend I’m happy?

For many people I know, their job title and amount of money they are making equate to their level of feeling “successful.” For so many, the more money they make, the more successful they feel. This is great, too! It’s just not MY PERSONAL definition. And it should be personal to you.

For some, success is helping others achieve their dreams or working with charitable causes.

To me, success is ever-changing and evolving. What I may have thought defined success when I was 21 is very different from what I want and need at 33.

In life, everything changes. That is constant and true. If everything changes, then we must be open to our own beliefs and definitions of success changing, too.

In the end, success is personal. It is about what makes YOU feel successful, never what others want for you or from you or for themselves.

One thing ALL successful people do is FAIL.

Failing does not mean you aren’t successful in life. Failing means you weren’t successful at that specific thing.

Failure is also a massive learning experience.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford

Learning from your mistakes and trying again and getting further is part of the process.

No one at the top got there by being perfect all the time. They tried different things until something clicked. They failed, they learned, they got back up and found a new path.

Failure is not how we define ourselves — it is how we react to failure which defines us.

I’ve also compiled some great quotes on failing and succeeding by famous successful people, found here:

What is does success mean to you? How do you define it?

Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

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