How Do You Define Success
As Girl Bosses, we want to be successful. But with that, you must ask yourself one really important question: How do you define success?
In doing some research for this blog, I discovered that there are so many different answers to this question. It varies from one person to the next.
Maybe to you, success is having wealth and the freedom to do what you want. Or perhaps, it is having a business that allows you to make an impact, to make a difference and leave a legacy. Or it may be to raise well-rounded and confident children motivated to accomplish great things. So you can see—lots of different answers to this perplexing question.
For me, success is having the ability and opportunity to do what I love and make an impact helping others, having the freedom with time and money to explore the world, and having a harmonious balance between both my professional and personal life that gives me purpose, meaning, heartfelt connections, and ultimate joy.
Before reading further, take time to answer the question for yourself.
To me, success is________________________________________________________
The dictionary states that success is when you achieve wealth respect, or fame.
Here are some answers from people that we would most likely consider successful:
Sir Richard Branson, who is worth over $5 billion and founded the Virgin Group stated on LinkedIn,
"Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are."
"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."- Winston Churchill
"Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.- Deepak Chopra
“To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day. I was happy and felt like I was successful when I was poor, living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment, sleeping on the floor. To me, the thing about it is finding something that you love to do and then trying to be great at it. If you really love what you do, then you’re never working.” – Mark Cuban
“Warren Buffet has always said that the measure [of success] is whether the people close to you are happy and love you. It is also nice to feel like you made a difference—inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.” – Bill Gates
Did you notice any commonalities while reading those quotes? None of them had to do with monetary success. All of these people are very successful in their own respective industries, and a few of them are even billionaires, but they all attribute success to a feeling of happiness or fulfillment in your career…loving what you do. True success is measured by the feeling of satisfaction you get from building a life that is completely and utterly fulfilling.