How Do You Define Success? Or What Does Success Mean To You?

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John Maxwell stated in his book "Developing the Leader Within You", "a leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure."

If your success is not being duplicated by those you teach, then how can your success be measured? I thought it was a good point of how to be a good leader by helping others do the same.
#define #empower #leader #success
  • Profile picture of the author StevieHawk
    Empowering others and making wise decisions will empower you and earn you a greater leadership role.

    Success is just meeting your goals. If I set a goal and I complete it I have had success no matter how big or small that goal maybe.

    Success and leadership are not dependant on each other.
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    • Profile picture of the author acedalright
      Originally Posted by StevieHawk View Post

      Empowering others and making wise decisions will empower you and earn you a greater leadership role.

      Success is just meeting your goals. If I set a goal and I complete it I have had success no matter how big or small that goal maybe.

      Success and leadership are not dependant on each other.
      Agreed!

      Success is only by personal definition and as such is personal.

      It's what you determine it is that makes YOU happy
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Kaplan
    Success is leaving this world a legacy of something better than you found it!
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    • Profile picture of the author theimgroup
      Originally Posted by Sid Kaplan View Post

      Success is leaving this world a legacy of something better than you found it!
      Well said... I agree with you totally. Success for me also requires having financial prosperity. Not necessary for everyone, but I like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    Success Definition #1

    'The progressive realisation of a worthy ideal' Earl Nightingale

    Success Definition # 2

    Success is the journey not the destination. You might not reach your goal, but your level of awareness will have increased as you traveled towards it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Launder
    Personally I believe that success is simply being satisfied with who you are and where you are headed in life. Although money and fame are nice luxuries, that isn't what success is for me, though if I could make a bit of that money, I'd sure be much more satisfied with where I'm headed in this life!
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  • Profile picture of the author hayfj
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    After 21 years of marriage and 5 kids, being able to get up every morning, and thinking....Hmmmm, how will I spend today....

    hey ho

    onwards and upwards

    and remember sccess doesnt happen without "u"

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  • Profile picture of the author liaochin2k9
    "Success without a successor is failure", such a nice quote. I love it
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  • Profile picture of the author ponting786
    Hi...johstin!

    Everyone has a very different definition of success. To some, success may mean a six-figure income. Others are simply fulfilled by living the American dream of the home, a white picket fence, a spouse, 2.5 kids and a dog. Still others feel successful even in the midst of daily financial trials and tribulations. The secret to success is determining what your purpose is and then to make every decision based upon this purpose. Success really equates to what makes you happy and fulfilled...your purpose.
    To me,success is achieving your targets....
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  • Profile picture of the author Paulie Ciara
    ponting786 said it very well!

    Success for one person will always be different for another person. As someone who dislikes pop culture, making it to the top of hollywood doesn't define my version of success, but a pop culture worshipper would no doubt consider himself as "having arrived" if he somehow wound up at hollywood.

    I think success is simply being what you want to be. For some people that means money and a Lamborghini, for other people it means a quiet shack in Alaska to raise a family free from outside influences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor.L
    Success for me is simply trying to reach an impossible goal. I won't be able to attain it but the things I will learn and gain are still better than if I would have done nothing at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author megashape
    Success (Happiness also btw) : Be in need of Less.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimHardin
    You acheive success when you have reached your goal or vision. People that are successful are visionaries. They see their future, actually have a mental picture in their mind of their vision, and they drive to acheive success. They don't let anything get in their way.
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  • Profile picture of the author emofree
    success is achieving once goal and it comes only if you successfully achieved your dream. it will never be called success if you failed to succeed.

    I guess that is just my own definition or interpretation of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author olu peters
    simply put, success is WHO YOU ARE!
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  • Profile picture of the author jpjameson
    Success is finding balance and fulfillment in life. When in survival mode most people overlook or neglect growth and contribution. Whatever is not growing is dying and whatever is not contributing is eventually eliminated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Foresight2020
    I understand your point, but at some point a good leader "lets go" and lets their people / students produce the results (or not).

    If the leader / teacher needs to always be present in order for an effective result to be produced, then what is the point of the student / employee?

    Don't rob them of their life experience by taking ALL of the responsibility and accountability for producing the desired result. more is accomplished by two or more, than is ever accomplished by one in isolation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    Reaching your goal is only one aspect of success.

    Does this mean that if we do not reach a goal
    we're a failure?

    Certainly not!

    As mentioned earlier, success is the journey.

    Every step we take towards our goal is success
    and we must recognise this crucial element.

    I'll be quiet now... well I'll try to be!

    Best to you all...
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    Geoff Carter
    Business Success Consultant
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunwu
    Oh yes. My success is only when my student become successful.
    My Success = Your Success
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin DSP
    For me success is the ability to wake up everyday happy, with no money worries and looking forward to whatever you are doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    It's true...

    Givers gain!

    The more you give, the more you'll receive and
    as you have helped others succeed, so will you.

    But don't just give to get... that's trading which
    is a completely different concept altogether.
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    Geoff Carter
    Business Success Consultant
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  • Profile picture of the author awesometbn
    During college we used to debate a particular point called "product vs process" and over the years since, I have been searching for support on both sides of the argument. So many people seem to push the idea that "product" is the most important goal, and to be successful you must get to this destination at any cost, make an excellent presentation, and only work with this end goal in mind. But that is misleading, in my opinion, because the "process" of working hard toward that goal is what life is all about. These are the life experiences you are left with after the deadline has passed for the "product" and besides, even without a favorable outcome you can still consider yourself successful because of what you've accomplished to get this far (the skills you have sharpened, the dedication, focus, determination, etc.).

    I know I'm speaking in general terms, but the context of the debate was music education and trying to become successful as a school band director. But I believe this debate easily applies to many other areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author WealthWinners
    Success is being able to look around, and never having to ask if you are successful ~ Sharon Williams
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