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Hello everyone,

I just logged into Warrior Forum and this is my first post...Hurray!! I am so excited
Today I wanna share my ideology on success. Everyone has his/her definition of success...here's mine...
What is success? I have always been intrigued by this question. When I was a kid, success was simply to get good score in examination. When I grew up and finished my education, then success became to get a good job. Thereafter, to earn good money became my parameter of success. Now there's something else that I want to achieve to identify it with success. Its definition seems to be constantly changing.

Now I sit back and wonder, what could be the real way to define success in life? Is it just material possession or physical achievements? NO!!
I now believe success is that esoteric feeling of fulfillment and self satisfaction when you do something that you really love to do and get some results out of it. In a way success is more a journey than a destination!
You got to enjoy the process, then the result for which you are striving becomes inevitable!

With this thought in mind, I have launched my dream venture called The Success Route. I loved sharing of ideas and offer training courses to people on whats really essential things to achieve success in life. I have compiled everything and posted the same on my website:

I believe I would be able to offer value addition in the lives of the people through my endeavour.

Reminiscing the lines of Longfellow: "Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time."

Vikram Anand

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  • Profile picture of the author butterballs8
    True success to me means being truly dedicated to what you love doing best , Having a wonderful relationship , successive in education & happiness in health, family, love etc.

    Success to others is buying that car of their dreams, going on vacations or buying that dream property... but I think balance is very important. Sometimes the simple things in life are free.... love what you do, be patience and persistent and you will be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author mert
    I defined success as a reason of striving. Success is not just we finished something at the end of the day but how we do something good not only for our self but also to other. Success is not always winning, but also accepting failures and defeats. Accepting defeats is the hardest thing to do, that's why if you accept and learn from your failures, success will follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      We all define our own success. According to dictionary.com it is defined as:

      "The accomplishment of an aim or purpose:

      My success will be different than yours.
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      • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
        The aim or purpose will be different, but the feeling will be the same

        In other words, success is the same as being satisfied with what you're doing, it doesn't matter what that is.

        Originally Posted by Jeff Schuman View Post

        We all define our own success. According to dictionary.com it is define as:

        "The accomplishment of an aim or purpose:

        My success will be different than yours.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
          Originally Posted by JensSteyaert View Post

          The aim or purpose will be different, but the feeling will be the same

          In other words, success is the same as being satisfied with what you're doing, it doesn't matter what that is.
          Good point. The warm fuzzy feeling is what makes it worth the effort to achieve it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
          Originally Posted by JensSteyaert View Post

          The aim or purpose will be different, but the feeling will be the same

          In other words, success is the same as being satisfied with what you're doing, it doesn't matter what that is.
          If you are never satisfied with your accomplishments, can you ever truly experience the joy of success?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikram Anand
      That's a wonderful way of putting it. Appreciate your insight on the meaning of success. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bhekizwe
    Success is what you make it. Accomplishment, winning.......
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  • Profile picture of the author IntuitiveMonkey
    Originally Posted by vikramanand View Post

    You got to enjoy the process, then the result for which you are striving becomes inevitable!
    I really believe this! Watch this 2 minute video by Shawn Achor, "The Happiness Advantage". Shawn has done extensive research on happiness and human performance at Harvard. The message is similar. Be happy now, then the result you are after comes a lot more easily and in a fun way! I believe LOA methods work so much better also when you learn this!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRy3QrRGFI
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Success is in the persons own definition about it, it's hard for me to define what success means to you so as you to define what success means to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusyness
    Success to me is a combination of love and money. They say love doesn't buy you happiness and I have no doubt that is true.... but it's certainly gonna help! I want to be comfortable and be able to provide for my kids... not just scrape along.

    I hope I find it. I hope IM will get me to where I want to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian george mcrae
    I think a lot of people get caught up in thinking that they can't or won't be happy until they achieve a certain goal.That happiness exists outside of them in the outside world.But what happens when you reach your goal and think hmmm this isn't it,im still not happy?do you then set another goal then another goal? Will chasing material success provide you with a more fulfilling experience of life or could it lead to feelings of stress,worry,burnout and poor productivity?
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    That is a first post to remember. Success indeed can be measure in terms of the journey rather than just the destination.
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  • Profile picture of the author olavlind
    Here is one definition that keeps popping up from time to time from different famous people:

    "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal"

    ~Olav
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    Success in my book is how hard to work to achieve something.

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    First and foremost, let me welcome you in to this community.
    May you enjoy the rest of your stay in this forum.

    For me, success is the result all your efforts, love, determination, etc.
    Success can be a relationship, financial success, education, etc.
    You can't have a healthy relationship if you didn't work for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobby Asburn
    This is SUCCESS

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    • Profile picture of the author PinkVelvet
      Haha, I loved that picture Bobby. Well, you know - I've been working on a few projects of my own and can relate to the picture. Some of the projects I put aside actually exploded while the others I've been working on constantly are slow to rise. It's strange how things work out, isn't it?

      Originally Posted by Bobby Asburn View Post

      This is SUCCESS

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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    For me, there are 8 pillars of success. In no significant order, they are:

    1. Spiritual
    2. Mental
    3. Emotional
    4. Physical
    5. Financial
    6. Employment
    7. Family
    8. Relationships.

    Different people have different needs in each of these areas, so their definitions of success will differ. Furthermore, the same person's needs may change over time, too!
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    • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
      Originally Posted by Nic Oliver View Post

      For me, there are 8 pillars of success. In no significant order, they are:

      1. Spiritual
      2. Mental
      3. Emotional
      4. Physical
      5. Financial
      6. Employment
      7. Family
      8. Relationships.

      Different people have different needs in each of these areas, so their definitions of success will differ. Furthermore, the same person's needs may change over time, too!
      Great post and I definitely agree. Success is different for everyone and it's always changing. You may define being "successful" as one thing, and then once you achieve that you obviously want more, so your definition of success will change.

      I try to have success every day, which leads to having successful weeks and then ultimately months and years, compiling my efforts and multiplying them as much as possible, I guess that's my stone-cold definition of success, to multiply your efforts and constantly be working toward bigger goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    In my opinion, success is never giving up, enjoying life and successfully solving problems consistently.
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    • I think one more thing to establish about success is that, much like all good things of life, it is a path, not a destination...
      There might be a strong momentary feeling of triumph when you reach a checkpoint you've been trying to reach for a while, but after that it is something that must stay continuous and developing...
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  • Profile picture of the author hypwoman
    To me, success is freedom; having control over your life. I believe this comes from having control over your mind. Some of the most important work you will ever do is the inner work. It takes great discipline to be at peace with your thoughts and to think what YOU want to think.

    If you can manage to do this, you will ultimately have liberty and freedom, which can not be defined by anyone or anything. Only you know if you are truly free.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanew
    Welcome. And great quote by Longfellow.

    Be well,

    Lane
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    • Profile picture of the author rbates
      Success is a combination of hard work, setbacks, more hard work, and working through more setbacks. The main key to any success, in any endeavor, is to stick
      with it and not give up. Success has its own mindset.

      For any single success, there are also many failures.
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  • Profile picture of the author CRGreen
    What a great topic. Interesting reading how everyone views success. To me, I think of success as being able to volunteer my time to organizations (like Rotary - one of the organizations I work with) and to be able to financially donate to organizations and causes I believe in. And both of those I can do because of working from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    Hi
    When our dreams comes true and our aim or goal is reached
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  • Profile picture of the author christiangrey
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    I think success is achieved when your dreams come true. Living off of an income generated by my sites and living a great happy lifestyle is definitely success for me, and I'm sure it is for most other people on this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    true success is never backing a loser
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  • Profile picture of the author dbrwn
    There are people who define success as how much money one has in their bank account, or how many people they have on their list and such, but success really can't be measured by anybody because success is achieved by your satisfaction in what you have done or what you have achieved.

    If you have reached a goal, then you're successful, if you have helped someone to solve a problem, then you're successful. If you made a good grade on a school paper, then you're successful. If you received a promotion at your job, then you're successful. If you made money, then you're successful.

    I could go on here, but I believe that you got the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author indonesian
    success for me is Healthy and Wealthy

    thats it
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      The highest attainment in life is perfect happiness.

      And as such is how I define success.

      Some would argue that perfect peace is the goal but if you look at it in depth perfect peace is one of the stepping stones to perfect happiness.

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      • Success is what ever you say it is. Each of us is suppose to be the judge of that I guess. So that gives us quite a bit of room.

        What I really wonder is how hard are we on our selves and each other in the process of seeking SUCCESS? So, . . . I feel if you are content with the level of success you are achieving that would qualify for what I would call being a SUCCESS.
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  • Profile picture of the author internalsoul
    In Short :- "Failure is the key to success"

    Learn from your own mistakes, be your own guide and work hard.. Success will follow you.
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  • Profile picture of the author roblawrence
    Success is waking up in the morning, rolling over and deciding you DON'T feel like going into the office today, just because YOU CAN. Now, that's FREEDOM!

    I'm loving it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kayster13
    Success is not only what shows on the outside, but also what you feel within when something is completed and has been done well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Success is individual. Each must define success for themselves.

    If I say success is having a big, happy family and you never have children, are you a failure? If I say success is owning a different car for each day of the year and you don't have that, are you a failure? If I say success is having a jellybean in your nose and you don't, are you a failure?

    Of course not, unless you share the same definitions of success.

    Personal priorities, individual goals, individual needs and different interpretations of words and reality itself mean there is no definition for success except on an individual level.
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  • Success is a journey. It has multiple peaks and not one ultimate pinnacle. One success builds on another. Setbacks and mistake will also help you build success. At different periods of your life, success is defined differently.
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  • Profile picture of the author persistence
    True success to me means to achieve what you set out to do. It is also about touching people and finding time to spend with your family.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    "There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way."
    -Christopher Morley
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    Good luck to your endeavor. Success is static. It is never constant. And re you said training? Training on what?
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  • Profile picture of the author jw22777
    Success is accomplishing more than what you did the day before.
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  • Profile picture of the author EelKat
    First time I realized I was a "success" was when a random stranger recognized a little known fact about me... an obscure reference...

    For me it was at a car show. One of the characters in one of the novel series I write, builds art cars. After writing the series for 10 years or so, I got to thinking one day "Hey! I should build one of his cars in real life and go to car shows with it." So I did. I built the Dazzling Razzberry...









    but named it The Dazzling Razzberry 2because I was unable to find the same car as was used in the book (a 1973 Lincoln Mark V) and so instead built it out of my daily driver (a 1992 Volvo 240GL). Also the car in the book was painted purple with glitter nail polish and sequins stuck into the paint while wet. While an amazing effect, and certainly doable, I finished the top of 1 fender before realizing it'd cost me about $80,000 dollars to do the whole car this way. YIKES! So I painted it with pink rustolium and then glued 2.5 million purple marbles to it instead. It somewhat resembles a purple disco ball.


    At car shows, it wins awards and trophies and attracts huge crowds of (thousands of) people who are fascinated by the strange glittering creation. Most people ask about the name Dazzling Razzberry 2 and ask if there is another car. I explain about the fictional car from the novels. Most people admit to never having heard of me or my novels.


    Once in a while, people will (not wanting to admit to never hearing of me or my novels) will respond with "Oh yeah, I remember that book." But then can not name it, my penname, or the name of the character who builds the cars.


    One day however, a guy in the crowd is walking by looking at the cars. He stops, does a double take, then walks slowly around my car. He exclaims: "OMG! It's the Dazzling Razzberry! I gotta tell my wife!" He runs off.

    About 10 minutes later he returns dragging his wife as he excitedly screams, "You gotta see it! It's the Dazzle Razzberry! Just like in the book!" He drags her all around the car yipping and yapping excitedly. He sees me sitting in the group of car owners off to the side (me, a CosPlayer, dressed as the character from the book, dripping in rhinestones, it's obvious which car I go with, as every one else just looks like average car owners).

    He drags his wife to me and starts yapping about being a fan and loving my books. Something I often hear from people who realize I'm an author, but don't want to admit they never heard of me. ("I love your books! Read every one!" then can't name a single series, novel, or character.) So, I'm assuming he's just another one of these types at first. Until...


    He asks me if he can get a picture of him and his wife with me and the Razzberry. I said sure. Another car owner takes his camera while we go pose together with the car. He gets his camera back and is chattering excitedly about the picture... and then he stops talking...


    Silently he stares at the picture. Then he stares at the car. e looks at the picture. Slowly he walks around the car a couple of times muttering to himself. then he comes back over to me and says:


    **HIM**: "This is a Volvo."


    **ME**: "Yep. It is."


    **HIM**: "But I thought the car in the book was a Lincoln?"


    **ME**: "You read my book!!!!!"


    It was just an OMG moments of OMG! This guy is an actual real fan of my books, not just some guy trying to hide the fact he'd never heard of me and saying he read the book to not sound stupid. No, this guy actually read the book, actually was a fan, and recognized the fact that i had used a Volvo instead of a Lincoln to make the real version of the fictional car.


    It as at that moment, I knew I was successful as an author. It wasn't about how many sales or how much money or any of the things you normally think of when you think success. It was just the whole "OMG! The random stranger off the streets, actually knows who I am!!!! OMG! I have fans!!!!"


    I will never forget that day. It was my first time meeting a fan who actually was a fan. It just blew me away, the feeling of being a successful write, a successful author, simply because someone knew my book.
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