How Do You Define Success?

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I've thought about this for a while. At first I thought "success" was having money, a fast car, and a big house. Then I thought it was helping other people.

Now I simply think if you're happy (genuinely happy) then you're successful - not matter what you're doing in life. (Of course, I could change my mind again. : )

What's your opinion?
#define #success
  • Profile picture of the author knightmichael12
    achievement....
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarK
    If you ask me, I will only ever see myself as a successful person once people see me as a valuable person.
    And to be honest I'd rather make 10$ a week while delivering real value to my customers than make 1000$ a day through blackhat means and scams.

    But that's only my opinion and I think it mostly depends on how you interpret 'success' to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhola badshah
    The success to me is to be happy and live peacefully in both worlds.. Life after death. =)
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    • Profile picture of the author Eleen
      A feeling of satisfaction of completing a work or reaching a goal is a simple definition of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author minisite
    I define success as having good progress and learning from your mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author clou
    Success is a happy feeling after you did something.
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  • Profile picture of the author ionutcib
    The attainment of wealth, position, honors.
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    • Profile picture of the author carolrt
      Everyone will have a different definition.

      In reality, for yourself, it would be defined as
      having achieved a goal that you set for yourself.

      It would be hard to define success among
      various people, different goals, different dreams.

      A soldier that makes it home alive, well, may
      be a success. How would he (or she) compare
      to Mark Zuckerberg? Success would always need
      to be defined by the individual. Was Mother
      Theresa a success? She had no earthly fortune.

      Carol Arty
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  • Profile picture of the author minisite
    Or accomplishing a particular task which can be large or small. Finishing a task will give most people the sense of accomplishing something and the satisfaction of finishing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author fearlesspioneer
    Do the thing you love to do everyday and become an expert for doing that thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author narendras83
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    I believe success is something you make. Certainly others can help you, just as others can provide obstacles, but ultimately you make your own success and your own failure.
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  • Success is for each person is different. For the homeless find food a success. Millionaire may be called successful purchase of the island. The common man can be called a success finding a job as a cashier. Success for the patient to improve health. The most important is happiness.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Some interesting responses. Thanks everyone. : )

      Something I noticed with some of the Personal Development books I've read is that they refer to “successful people” as being something above the normal.

      However, similar to Forest Gump mowing the grass when he was a multimillionaire I think “success” is doing what makes you happy.

      Similar to my Post Man who obviously enjoys his job and always has a smile on his face.
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    Work smart not work hard!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adevictus
    Financial freedom = success
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    It's all about the money...

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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Adevictus View Post

      Financial freedom = success
      I would say "Mind Freedom = Success." And a certain amount of money definitely helps with that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

        I would say "Mind Freedom = Success." And a certain amount of money definitely helps with that.
        I think that given the forum we are talking on, financial freedom is definitely an acceptable answer to go with though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stoney
    I believe that success entails utilizing one's gifts for the betterment of another. For instance, if you write, write well and influence others to take care of themselves, each other and the environment; if you sell, sell with integrity so your buyer benefits from the transaction as well. Most of us are successful at something; making money is not the only sign of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I define success as having the ability to do whatever I need and want to do, whenever I need or want to do it. Having that ability means that I am doing things right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Exactly, and Adevictus is allowed to have one that differs from yours.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidsu
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    “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”- George Sheehan
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  • Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    I've thought about this for a while. At first I thought "success" was having money, a fast car, and a big house. Then I thought it was helping other people.

    Now I simply think if you're happy (genuinely happy) then you're successful - not matter what you're doing in life. (Of course, I could change my mind again. : )

    What's your opinion?
    It's true, if you're contented with life and being happy of it. Its one of your success.
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  • Profile picture of the author mindreaderwriter
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    I define success as:
    - the ability to give more than to take
    - being happy and feeling fulfilled personally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. If you're not happy and if you don't feel fulfilled with any of those parts of your life, you're not successful at all.

    Think about it. Do you really feel the "success" per se if you have billions of dollars in your bank accounts but you wholeheartedly know to yourself that you're not spiritually fit/healthy?
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  • Profile picture of the author swizz
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    the happiness..i think
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  • Profile picture of the author daniellefrey
    thanks for sharing different ideas...
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    • Profile picture of the author HTLee
      Success to me is the FREEDOM to be able to do the things that make me happy, when, where and how I want it to be while making others happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    success is doing what you genuinely like when you want to do it think of the people that can do that and find the similarities between them
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