Why does everyone want to be successful?

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Personally, my definition of success is to achieve a high level of freedom so I can experience life to its fullest without having to worry about money or time.

My biggest motivation in life is to be able to see and experience as much beauty of this world as possible and live a life that's fulfilled.

What is success to you? And why do you want to achieve it?
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  • Profile picture of the author SickHippie
    Success to me is simple: I want to be able to spend more time with my son than I spend doing anything else. He is the most important person in my life, and I hate every day that I have to tell him "Daddy has to go to work now".
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  • Profile picture of the author Storyteller
    I agree you with you, Li. Money means freedom. But success is not money-- If you have become a person of character and you have a vision for the future that involves serving others, then you will always be successful no matter how much money you have. It's just that the money makes is sooooo much easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeraRaposo
    There are so many different definitions of success. I think we all each have our own definition. And we are all reaching for success for different reasons.

    Some of use want to be able to be home with the family, some want to run the boat, some of us want to make more money.

    We are all successful one way or another.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Why would you want to define it any way? To me, it's the Freedom. But you won't fine that out until you make a lot of money. At some point, you will develop your expertise and than you'll learn to focus on that. Thus, you can outsource everything else.

      One thing that is clear and logical, when you have a successful business you will connect with people like yourself. That's called the *Universal Mind*. We all are just identical, but it's our belief system that separates us.

      Lastly, we essentially fall into two categories, either you are self-employed or you are not!


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  • Profile picture of the author sequincer
    well,i think the urge for success is embeded in the human G-nome
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  • Profile picture of the author allenjohn
    Absolutely. Q. What's the alternative to seeking success? A. Staying still.

    All the best, allenjohn
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    • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
      Originally Posted by Li Weng View Post

      Personally, my definition of success is to achieve a high level of freedom so I can experience life to its fullest without having to worry about money or time.

      My biggest motivation in life is to be able to see and experience as much beauty of this world as possible and live a life that's fulfilled.

      What is success to you? And why do you want to achieve it?
      There's actually 6 areas of "happiness" or "success" that people want...

      ..and that is:

      Health/appearance
      Relationships
      Your occupation or work
      Finances/wealth
      Personal/spiritual Development

      I don't have my list in front of me, so I can't remember the rest, but that should give people a head start(they should be right ). (hint: these 6 areas of happiness are also a good place to start a horizontal niche).

      Success to me can be summed up in one word (or sentence).

      Evolve.. Success to me is to evolve in the 6 areas of happiness that all humans want to feel "complete"

      There is no one answer to happiness.. It includes multiple areas and they must be fulfilled- to be at your pinnacle level...

      Originally Posted by Storyteller View Post

      If you have become a person of character and you have a vision for the future that involves serving others, then you will always be successful no matter how much money you have.

      How is having 0 dollars (or negative like most people) considered success?

      Just helping people and having good character is far from success.

      Fulfilling? Yes, but successful?

      Think about this...

      If you like to serve others (profit or non profit) then do you think you could do more with being wealthy (say like warren buffet donating 25 billion)(or bill gates donating most of his money to charity when he leaves)? Or do you think you could do more by being poor or in debt, like you suggest?

      All things being equal- you are way better off having money and freedom than not. For the betterment of yourself, of others, and humanity in general.

      Having character, vision, and serving others is the foundation, but the more money you have, the more freedom, the more options, and the more you can share with others!! Don't think of money as paper- money is FREEDOM. How can you be successful, if you don't have freedom or opinions? I may be wrong, but I think most people want freedom and optinons...

      Please don't exclude money from happiness, because it keeps a roof over your head and food in your stomach-something that a lot of the world population is dying from... Feel lucky that you have money, a roof over your head, and food in your stomach, because many don't have even the basic necessities in life.

      "you will always be successful no matter how much money you have."

      Go head and tell this to the starving and dying children in the world. If I were in there position- I would be offended by someone that is rich in comparison saying something so naive.

      They would agree, money IS important.. For survival- and happiness...
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      • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
        For me, success means being able to manage my time the way I want to; i.e., not having to think about a 9-5 job, being able to go out on my boat when I want to, and spending a lot of my time with my family.

        Money doesn't buy happiness, but we have more choices, more time available in our hands and that, to me, is invaluable. Life is too short, therefore we should do our best to live it the way we want to.

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        • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
          Originally Posted by dsanchez View Post

          Money doesn't buy happiness
          It may not, but it SUSTAINS OUR LIFE.

          Before we can be happy, we must be able to live- and money lets us live.

          I would think food in the stomach and roof over the head- is PART of happiness, right?

          So many people preach the "money doesn't buy happiness" and people ACTUALLY believe this?

          Fact or fiction- does not matter. If something is repeated long enough by enough people it becomes beliefs and reality for people- if its true or not..
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          • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
            Originally Posted by MaskedMarketer View Post

            It may not, but it SUSTAINS OUR LIFE.

            Before we can be happy, we must be able to live- and money lets us live.

            I would think food in the stomach and roof over the head- is PART of happiness, right?

            So many people preach the "money doesn't buy happiness" and people ACTUALLY believe this?

            Fact or fiction- does not matter. If something is repeated long enough by enough people it becomes beliefs and reality for people- if its true or not..

            So true. Money doesn't buy happiness, but in today's world, without money nobody can do anything. Money is really the basis for survival.

            Having money gives you the possibility to experience so much more of life. Money doesn't buy happiness, but without money there's no chance of happiness altogether.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trandanos
    Success to me is being able to wake up every day with the freedom to do what I want and when I want. It means having no restrictions on money, being able to buy what I want and for whom I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
    I have the same view as well. My definition of success is having the freedom to choose and not worry about money.

    Having money is only a means towards true success which is freedom. Many have the false perception of having more money created by the environment. But they don't understand what's the meaning behind it. What is the reason of wanting more money?

    The true meaning of having more money is so that one can enjoy the freedom that they are entitled since birth as a true human being. Yet many are stuck in the money game, losing the freedom that they are entitled.
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    • Profile picture of the author ywzqlee
      To me, success means freedom, to do what I want and when to do

      some said money means time, time means freedom
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      • Profile picture of the author DENNYBOY
        Success give me satisfaction and that's why I want to be successful.
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        • Profile picture of the author Don Wright
          Success is being able to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, wherever you want to do it. Success also involves giving back.
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  • Profile picture of the author akaelo
    My quest for the freedom that is my birthright as a human is what drives me.
    I want the expansion of possibility that financial independence provides. I don't like to not be able to do something simply because "there isn't enough money."
    Looking for joy and fun along the way keep me going. Experiences that feel like flying where I just go through my day thinking "I am happy as a clam - this is exactly what I always wanted," remind me that the feeling of freedom I seek really is available in any given moment, regardless of how much money I have in the bank at the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Success to me is bringing others to happiness and being happy myself.

    Now that sentence itself says a lot of things. Being happy may have different meaning for different people. For me, it's a situation where I can fulfil all my needs as well as my family member's.
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  • Profile picture of the author AbbyP
    Success provides options that failure and complacency can not...nuf said.
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  • Profile picture of the author vanessad
    I believe that success lies in fulfilling your life's purpose. True success has nothing to do with the size of your bank account. No one who knew my grandfather would have said he was anything other than wildly successful, however he never had money to speak of.

    Now please, I realize that having enough money to provide for our basic needs of food, housing, and clothes is vital. So don't anyone go off on me about the starving children in Africa. But, me having a billion dollars won't help those children unless I USE that money (meaning I'll no longer have it) to bring relief to them. So, money is an exchange medium. It's only true value is in it being utilized, not kept. You exchange it for a lifestyle.

    With all that being said, I choose to live a wealthy and abundant lifestyle and have sufficient riches to give money to anyone I choose, in whatever amount I choose, to make their life better. When I reach that amount of wealth, I will truly be successful in that aspect of my life.

    There are several other life areas, such as family, health, spiritual, etc. that have very little (or nothing) to do with money. You can be successful or not in each area, independently.
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    • Profile picture of the author SickHippie
      Originally Posted by vanessad View Post

      me having a billion dollars won't help those children unless I USE that money (meaning I'll no longer have it) to bring relief to them.
      The more I have, the more I can give away.
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      • Profile picture of the author vanessad
        Originally Posted by SickHippie View Post

        The more I have, the more I can give away.
        I totally agree. That's why my next paragraph stated:

        "I choose to live a wealthy and abundant lifestyle and have sufficient riches to give money to anyone I choose, in whatever amount I choose, to make their life better."
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        • Profile picture of the author SickHippie
          Very true, but generosity doesn't always mean money - as you said, "True success has nothing to do with the size of your bank account."

          The more I have of anything, the more I can give away. The more I give away, the more will come back to me.

          You can't give away what you don't have.

          Originally Posted by vanessad View Post

          I totally agree. That's why my next paragraph stated:

          "I choose to live a wealthy and abundant lifestyle and have sufficient riches to give money to anyone I choose, in whatever amount I choose, to make their life better."
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          • Profile picture of the author vanessad
            Originally Posted by SickHippie View Post

            The more I have of anything, the more I can give away. The more I give away, the more will come back to me.
            You are so right. Thank you for putting it so succinctly. :p
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    • Profile picture of the author GoldenRule
      Originally Posted by vanessad View Post

      I believe that success lies in fulfilling your life's purpose. True success has nothing to do with the size of your bank account. No one who knew my grandfather would have said he was anything other than wildly successful, however he never had money to speak of.

      Now please, I realize that having enough money to provide for our basic needs of food, housing, and clothes is vital. So don't anyone go off on me about the starving children in Africa. But, me having a billion dollars won't help those children unless I USE that money (meaning I'll no longer have it) to bring relief to them. So, money is an exchange medium. It's only true value is in it being utilized, not kept. You exchange it for a lifestyle.

      With all that being said, I choose to live a wealthy and abundant lifestyle and have sufficient riches to give money to anyone I choose, in whatever amount I choose, to make their life better. When I reach that amount of wealth, I will truly be successful in that aspect of my life.

      There are several other life areas, such as family, health, spiritual, etc. that have very little (or nothing) to do with money. You can be successful or not in each area, independently.
      Very well said. I agree that some success is measured by money which allows you to give to other as much as you want and it allows you to have the freedom to spend time with your loved ones, travel and see all the splendor this planet has to offer, etc. And as mentioned there are other areas of success, such as health, relationships, etc that can be measured separately.
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  • Profile picture of the author lburrell
    Success is having the freedom to do what you want when you want how you want. True success comes when you take that freedom to help others, which in turn helps yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author EP Mindset Coach
    Hey Li,

    I think you are right on target about success being freedom. That is the only thing that people want money for is to free up their time to do the things they really want to do. But then they get so busy trying to get enough of money to get they use up all there time and give up their freedom. In this since lif is funny. I just don't want the joke to be on me.

    So yes I agree. The true success is Freedom
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  • Profile picture of the author DirectoryKing
    Everyone wants to be successful because it is in our nature to lead higher and better lives.
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  • Be careful, sometimes success does not give you freedom - it may tie you down.
    I hope you become successful, and also enjoy the simple things in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author scorpio9
    I'm sure that most of you will agree that two of the most successful people in history were Mother Teresa and Mahatma Ghandi, neither of them had two cents to rub together, but their contribution to this world will be remembered for ever.

    Those two came to mind instantly, and there are many more examples, now I cannot instantly think of anyone who achieved that level of "success" because they accumulated a lot of money. You could say their abandonment of worldly goods gave them their freedom, there's a lesson!

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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
    Success = More Money = More Choices = (for me...) Happiness
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmorgan
      Success is freedom and choice to live your life as you want. Whilst happiness definitely doesn't depend on money, lack of money limits your choices. It's also a lot easier to help other people once you have a certain level of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author ricaparaleho
    HOW CAN I BE SUCCESFUL?

    Make Lots of Friends
    Work Very Hard
    Work Smart with a Strategic Focus
    Commit to Never Giving Up

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  • Profile picture of the author Beatrix Potts
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    Sweetie, some of us don't care at all about "being successful" we just want to be comfortable and happy. Comfortable for me is playing golf with 3 girlfriends at St. Andrews and then going for drinks and paying the tab.

    All the best dear,
    Beatrix
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  • Profile picture of the author ruru
    Success means happiness to me.
    There are several layers of happiness.
    I would use every seconds of my life to reach them.
    I know i will never be satisfied.
    I'd never be "there".
    Still, i'd want to be success, to be happy.
    Why?
    Because not being happy is sucks :p
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    • Profile picture of the author innhui
      I think as human beings, we were created to seek success in all the essential areas of our lives. When we achieve success, it makes us feel happy with ourselves and improve our self-confidence to aim for more in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohd3rd
    What is success?
    The definition of success can't be found in a dictionary but instead it can be found in a place called yourself. You define success by your actions and progress and achieving your goals!!
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  • Success to me means freedom of both time and place...not being attached to a 9-5 and having enough money to live life at least modestly comfortable...
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  • Profile picture of the author TristinTaylor
    I would say our ego is our biggest motivating factor..although no one would admit it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
    Hi Li Weng,

    Success to me is freedom to do anything that I like. This means that I will need to have a business that will be able to generate passive income for me while I am traveling or learning new skills.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author websea
    I want to fulfill my all dreams and i can't do without Success
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  • Profile picture of the author mr.schutz
    Simply because they want to have a better life.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobertWilliams
      Wealth does not just happen. It needs plenty of sacrifice and hard work. Look around and see how people behave in different circumstances. Pay attention to how they talk, walk and react to circumstances and other people. Notice also people's reaction to them. The key to self improvement is in knowing who you really are, how you would want to be and what you really want.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing
    I am looking for sucess in a state of mind where I have no worries about future no time constraints, No dead lines, no tensions...

    Working hard to it, don't know when will I be able to see that I am sucessful.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffLam
    Because it gives us a purpose in life.

    And I do agree that money = freedom = success.
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  • Profile picture of the author shatner
    As you have known, man's thirst for success is undying. When a competition arises, we quickly fought our way back on top. Making success even more hard to achieve, but for some they are contented even if they achieve a simple goal in the prime of their life. Wanting more means the more challenges ahead. If you are determined and focus on what you are doing, reaching that achievement for you is easy.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
      We want to be successful because all of us realize at some point that life is so short that we should really make the best of it; meaning spend time with the people we love and do the things we like; and to do that we need some money to have the freedom to choose what we want to do.

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      Success to me is having more time to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Originally Posted by Li Weng View Post

    Personally, my definition of success is to achieve a high level of freedom so I can experience life to its fullest without having to worry about money or time.

    My biggest motivation in life is to be able to see and experience as much beauty of this world as possible and live a life that's fulfilled.
    You took the words right out of my mouth.
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    • Profile picture of the author thenextlevel
      My motivation to be successful is freedom. I would love to wake up in the morning and not have to rush my daughter of to day care and not see her again until 8pm that night. I would love not having to plan my time to pursue my various hobbies around my work schedule. I would love to have the financial freedom to not have to constantly worry about money and bills.

      Money is a big part of my motivation, but what is the biggest part of it is the freedom that comes with having enough money to live life as I please.
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    When I have my little log house in the woods and can spend all of my time there I will feel completely successful.
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    • Interesting question. Why do we work everyday? Why do I wake up every morning? These are some of the questions that you realize at the end of the day, right before you lay your head on your pillow. Or, when you take - or find - the necessary time to pause.

      But why do we do all these things when we can stay at home, be with our families, and just take life as it is? For me, because we know better. We know the difference between what is good or otherwise. We know that each action will lead somewhere. And, because we are given options - choices. And we use it because we want to be better. This is why we want to become successful, in whatever sense we take the word 'success' for.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennethsmith72
    Everybody seems want to become successful in life,it's powerful......
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  • Profile picture of the author Pokerlover
    Success is achieving the things that I have been dreaming off, either one or all of them.. This is not only for me but also for my family most especially my parents.. Success of children is also success to parents because the latter were able to prove that they have raised their children very well..
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Kent
    I agree with rather all of you. But, on the other hand, what does really moves the world?
    The money? The freedom needs? To have a lot of cars? Big houses? Nop.

    It is LOVE. Yes, love. The proof is that a lot of millionaires are not happy people.
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  • Profile picture of the author A. Caples
    Success to me is to accomplish what I've set out to achieve. So, technically speaking success ca be attained every day in the smallest tasks.

    The ultimate success in my career - which is to gain financial freedom - has still yet to be attained. But, I am enjoying all the little successes toward reaching my career goal.

    So, why do I strive for success? - because life's a bore if I just lay around being successful at achieving nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marlinark
    Success is defined by "what we leave behind!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    more money for more freedom...

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  • Profile picture of the author kennethsmith72
    Being successful helps a lot especially not just to your self but also to your family.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karate Kid
    If you're asking why we want to be "successful financially", we all have our very own reasons.

    Most people would say the freedom. Money doesn't buy happiness, but a lot of happiness comes from freedom.

    Therefore, money = lot of happiness.

    Which is why I want to be financially free also.
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  • Profile picture of the author johndedwards
    I must agree with some of the replies that success to be means having more quality time with my wife and children before they leave home. Time is success, when I can choose to work(play) and sleep, eat, relax. THat is what I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author roots
    There are so many people who are "successful" and unhappy, have a lot of problems, etc. I read a study that concluded that earning any amount of money above $50,000 per year in the US does not increase happiness. Once we have your necessities taken care of it's up to each of us to create our happiness. And that is what I would call real success.
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  • Profile picture of the author mistermint
    Success is simple it's "having good health" without good health we can do very little. It's not money because, the more you have the more you need it's a viscious circle.

    Society has brain washed us in to mortgages, loans, new cars, electronics for kids which makes them unhealthy, fast food and the list goes on.....

    TV has killed the art of conversation, supermarkets have taken away the opportunity to buy fresh seasonal food..over processed food is unhealthy...

    The chances are if you make a truck load of money you will be stressed, over weight and terribly unhealthy..
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    Success to me is fulfillment!

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    Success: being able to write your own diary.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    Success = choices, control. Maybe all that is an elusive dream , a mirage. Maybe its a natural law, a carrot on a stick genome that is inherit in some to make our race progress. But I love the idea.
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    To me, success is being able to achieve my dreams... i.e. travelling round the world and learn languages...

    Why? coz life becomes meaningless when u can't achieve success!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Wicked Mind
    Success is the motivator of life. Without it, it just wont be worth living.
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  • Profile picture of the author olu peters
    the law of cause and effect isthe granddady law of success. to every effect there is always a cause.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Josef_Benjamin
    It's fun.

    Really...it's not rocket science with me. It's just...fun.

    It's more than a challenge, it's what I live for. To have fun. Challenged 2nd.

    The challenge adds spice to successes. The mistakes motivate to get
    creative.

    I don't hate a 9-5 because of the people who I work with. I hate it because
    of the boa constriction of creativity to "do as your told".

    Most jobs are like this, and humans seek "Creative expression" above all else.

    Money comes 2nd to it. Money flows with creativity, ideas, and action on those
    creative ideas. It's the physical, tangible reward to ourselves for a job well done.

    Success means freedom. Freedom spiritually. Freedom Mentally. Freedom Financially.

    Success Means Freedom
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  • Profile picture of the author markshields
    From what I have found over the last 9 years full time in Internet and Network Marketing not everyone does truly want to succeed, its only those with a real ambition who want the most out of life and have a really BIG reason why that keeps them so focused that they dont see any reason not too
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  • Profile picture of the author Foresight2020
    For me, Success is defined by two things:

    1. Be happy at the end of each day with the way I have lived that day.

    2. To have enough money and time to do what I want, when I want, with whomever I want, for as long as I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author dking88
    Great question Li,

    To me success are these things.

    in the state of being

    Happy
    Healthy
    wealthy
    wise
    rich
    strong
    and free!

    In every area of my life and the top areas for me are Relationships with my family and friends, my health and my wealth.

    All money does is buy time so it is definitely nice to have enough money to cover your bills every month so that you have "Free-time" to travel and enjoy what is here while we are here.

    Great question!
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    It's part of our being.

    It's in our nature.

    It's innate.

    It's that simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogirl
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    Its not about success. Its about the difference you make in other people's life while you are alive and after you die. I want to make a difference ( for the better offcourse) That's what I am thirsty for.
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    • Profile picture of the author priyatham
      • Originally Posted by zim View Post

        Pursuit of success (howsoever one may define it) is what drives the world.
      Very true. Success gives freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author WhiteCanvasPro
    Success to me is being able to have a job I enjoy going to. Spending valuable time with my wife and having the ability to see the world.
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  • Profile picture of the author howtoagedeer
    success is being able to leave my house and go fishing or hunting on a day I want to go, not on a day off from work because it is the only time I can go.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAse
    So I can spend as much time with my wonderful wife as possible.

    So my family no longer has to work, including my parents and in laws.

    So I can continue to travel.

    So I never have to answer to a boss, or work an 18 hour day for someone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Nash
    Originally Posted by Li Weng View Post

    Personally, my definition of success is to achieve a high level of freedom so I can experience life to its fullest without having to worry about money or time.

    My biggest motivation in life is to be able to see and experience as much beauty of this world as possible and live a life that's fulfilled.

    What is success to you? And why do you want to achieve it?
    That is exactly what successful means for me too. To really be able to experience everything you want, without anyone stopping you. Freedom is the keyword here I guess. So money is pretty important if you want freedom :rolleyes:


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