How do you define success?

by Tristan Lee 32 replies
For me, success is not necessarily the results you achieve from working hard but the skills you obtain from working through the process.

What is your definition of success?
#mind warriors #define #success
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Great definition Kendall. You from kendall park nj perhaps?


    To me success deals closely with achieving goals...not necessarily how big or small your goal is, just achieving it is success.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisonJ
    I agree with Kenster. If you are achieve your goals, you are successful. Pretty simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifeofyourdreams
    Very interesting topic and replies. I was listening to an interview with Dr Denis Waitley last week who was asked the same question, and his response was very similar to the above mentioned responses, which I totally agree with.

    To be a "success" may mean that our journey has ended, and we have stopped growing as a person, and profession. Whereas, we may be successful in our different business ventures, and successful in reaching our goals that we have set for ourselves. It is imperative that we constantly strive to be better, and create new goals for ourselves as we go through life.
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    • Profile picture of the author donnyg18
      Originally Posted by lifeofyourdreams View Post

      Very interesting topic and replies. I was listening to an interview with Dr Denis Waitley last week who was asked the same question, and his response was very similar to the above mentioned responses, which I totally agree with.

      To be a "success" may mean that our journey has ended, and we have stopped growing as a person, and profession. Whereas, we may be successful in our different business ventures, and successful in reaching our goals that we have set for ourselves. It is imperative that we constantly strive to be better, and create new goals for ourselves as we go through life.
      But I certainly agree with your definition... each of us here have different views of what Success really means and I for one believe that we all have the right answer in our own different way and approach in life to succeed
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  • Profile picture of the author don21stc
    I certainly agree about achieving your goals. Over the years I've set myself many goals and have had a high 'strike rate' with them. But in retrospect many were trivial and often driven by the fashions of the day.
    I suppose I've had the most success with 'being happy' which I almost unconsciously developed as a goal over a period of time when I started to realise that most of my material goals were only transitory illusions of success.
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    • Profile picture of the author robhud1
      Originally Posted by don21stc View Post

      I certainly agree about achieving your goals. Over the years I've set myself many goals and have had a high 'strike rate' with them. But in retrospect many were trivial and often driven by the fashions of the day.
      I suppose I've had the most success with 'being happy' which I almost unconsciously developed as a goal over a period of time when I started to realise that most of my material goals were only transitory illusions of success.
      Great perspective. Thanks for sharing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author SergeyT
    Success (by Bessie Anderson Stanley)

    He has achieved success
    who has lived well,
    laughed often, and loved much;

    who has enjoyed the trust of
    pure women,

    the respect of intelligent men and
    the love of little children;

    who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

    who has left the world better than he found it
    whether by an improved poppy,
    a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

    who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
    or failed to express it;

    who has always looked for the best in others and
    given them the best he had;

    whose life was an inspiration;
    whose memory a benediction.

    1904

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  • Profile picture of the author donnyg18
    Success is something that everyone tries to define but never noticing that by just being able to be as to who you are as a human is already a success for me. Where you are right now and what you want to be is another issue
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    • Profile picture of the author eBizSuccessCoach
      Originally Posted by donnyg18 View Post

      Success is something that everyone tries to define but never noticing that by just being able to be as to who you are as a human is already a success for me. Where you are right now and what you want to be is another issue
      That is so true!! I must agree with you!!
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  • Profile picture of the author SouthamptonAngel
    Surely success is about happiness?

    If you're happy in life then you have, by definition, been successful.

    That's what I think anyway!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Originally Posted by Tristan Lee View Post

    What is your definition of success?
    This can be a strange definition BUT, surfing all morning and be able to do this 3-4 times per week is a powerful way to show ONE definition of my success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tristan Lee
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      This can be a strange definition BUT, surfing all morning and be able to do this 3-4 times per week is a powerful way to show ONE definition of my success.
      That's certainly nice way to put it.
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      • Profile picture of the author shawn_sg
        Success is a state of mind, and a feeling of immense satisfaction and contentment

        Doesn't have to be huge riches, or luxury cars and property to me.


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  • Profile picture of the author eBizSuccessCoach
    Success is a state of mind and a state of being. We are born successful because it was us, those of us who are able to read this post at this moment, that made it to the ultimate finishline and that was beating out millions of other little sperm cells to reach the egg and then to be housed in the wombs of our mother. I hope I was able to explain that right but we are all born winners!
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  • Profile picture of the author amber1210
    Success means meeting my goals. I set goals for myself, and if I don't meet them within certain expected times, then I consider it not a success.
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    Success is the refusal to quit.
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  • Profile picture of the author loenex
    Success means achieving your dreams and aspirations.
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  • Profile picture of the author imageman
    To me success means complete satisfaction of an undertaken which may have been built
    on series of failure!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thai
    Success is achieving what you meant to do or want to do can be in many areas e.g. spirituality, finance, relationships, career......
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  • Profile picture of the author Ann Writes
    I don't concern myself too much with notions of success.

    I just try to live happily, peacefully and freely. That's about the closest 'definition' of success I'm prepared to give :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author eBizSuccessCoach
      Originally Posted by Ann Writes View Post

      I don't concern myself too much with notions of success.

      I just try to live happily, peacefully and freely. That's about the closest 'definition' of success I'm prepared to give :-)
      I like it...
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    • Profile picture of the author Tristan Lee
      Originally Posted by Ann Writes View Post

      I don't concern myself too much with notions of success.

      I just try to live happily, peacefully and freely. That's about the closest 'definition' of success I'm prepared to give :-)
      I like this. Happiness, peacefulness, and freedom are also ways to define success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Interesting thread. I also agree that learning new skills is successful, but only if you do something worthwhile with them.

    It's so true that we always need to keep growing as a person. For me, I often feel most successful when I try, and succeed, at something I'm scared of.

    Of course I also have bigger goals in mind for success, and these aren't always the same as the way others define their success. These include being able to volunteer places, having a family and being able to spend time with them in the future, and being comfortable enough to have the things I need. By the time I meet those goals, I'll probably have new goals for success!

    ~Ruth
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  • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
    Albert Einstein said don't look to become a person of success but look instead to become a person of value.

    I've always loved that quote...Ok but if you were to ask me what is success, then i WILL say that once you are adding value to the marketplace, your life, your family, friends, community etc....then you are a successful person

    It is possible to have plenty money in the bank and not really be a success because you may have got that through the lottery, or unlawful means etc....

    To me, really successful people are those that make a difference in others lives in many ways and forms...
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  • Profile picture of the author mark z
    There are many interesting definition of success.
    Personally, I think Brian Tracy find the best.
    He said:
    "Success equals goals;all else is commentary."
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  • Profile picture of the author dcrannik
    Yes Tristan, success has many defintions but just remeber it has "U" in it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tristan Lee
      Originally Posted by dcrannik View Post

      Yes Tristan, success has many defintions but just remeber it has "U" in it!
      What do you mean by "U"?
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  • Profile picture of the author THY
    Achieving my target and getting the best satisfaction out of the effort.
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