Do You Consider Yourself Successful?

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I'm curious. Do you consider yourself successful? If so, why? If not, why not?
What does success mean to you?
#successful
  • Profile picture of the author peter4520
    In my opinion, i will consider myself successful the day I will make a company or a service that will provide help to everybody on this earth. Some people will say their goal is to be millionnaire or even billionnaire but I really think it's about helping people and providing services and willing to help the world inn any way possible.

    That's my point of view

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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Everyone is Successful. The question is are you happy with your success and if not what are you doing to get where you want to be?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    Yes and here's just a fraction of the reasons why
    1. My family and I are happy.
    2. My family and I are healthy.
    3. My family and I can do most things we want to do when we want to do them.
    4. I was able to take my wife to Hawaii for her birthday in October last year for 7 days (2012).
    5. While I was away on this vacation, my consulting and self-help businesses continued to generate revenue for me.
    6. I was able to take my two kids and my wife to Hawaii in June of this year for 10 days (2013).
    7. While I was away, my consulting and self-help businesses continued to generate revenue for me.
    8. I recognize that God, the Universe or whatever you might choose to that larger than you power, has blessed us enough that we've been able to put 2 kids through college (one an Ivy league college and the other a small private college) without them incurring a dime in student debt. This this means they will start life 100% debt free which is the desire my wife and I have always had for them.
    9. Even though I've gone through rough spells financially along the way, when I look back on the journey so far, things aren't actually as bad as they might have felt.
    10. I'm clear about WHAT I DO want in life.
    11. I'm clear about WHAT I DON'T want in life.
    12. I'm clear about WHO I DO want to invest my time with in business as a coach, business consultant, marketer etc.
    13. I'm clear about WHO I WILL NOT waste my time with in business as a coach, business consultant, marketer etc.
    14. I finally discovered the secret for how to attract the things you do want in life without the struggle.
    15. I am able to continue to be totally debt free (OK credit cards are a strategic kind of debt!).
    16. After nearly 20 years, I forgave my father (who died in 1999) so I could srop carrying his body around in my emotions and in my mind. That experience has taught me more than any other thing I've learned in life and also informs me of how to interact with my kids as a parent.
    17. I've learned to be more tolerant of people, something Virgos don't normally do well I'm told!
    18. I discovered how to be free from FEAR and DOUBT, how to cast WANT and MISERY out of my life, and teach others the same - Failing in business 3 times in a row at the start wasn't a waste after all.
    19. I have a supportive family.
    20. I'm a believer in people, no matter where they're from or who they are.
    21. I'm able to share these aspects of my life openly with the world through this post. If these things ahdn't happened I wouldn't be responding here today.
    Out of all this, if there's one thing I'd like to communicate through this post it's this - Success is everything that happens to you while you're busy doing other things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
      Originally Posted by Bayo View Post

      Yes and here's just a fraction of the reasons why
      1. My family and I are happy.
      2. My family and I are healthy.
      3. My family and I can do most things we want to do when we want to do them.
      4. I was able to take my wife to Hawaii for her birthday in October last year for 7 days (2012).
      5. While I was away on this vacation, my consulting and self-help businesses continued to generate revenue for me.
      6. I was able to take my two kids and my wife to Hawaii in June of this year for 10 days (2013).
      7. While I was away, my consulting and self-help businesses continued to generate revenue for me.
      8. I recognize that God, the Universe or whatever you might choose to that larger than you power, has blessed us enough that we've been able to put 2 kids through college (one an Ivy league college and the other a small private college) without them incurring a dime in student debt. This this means they will start life 100% debt free which is the desire my wife and I have always had for them.
      9. Even though I've gone through rough spells financially along the way, when I look back on the journey so far, things aren't actually as bad as they might have felt.
      10. I'm clear about WHAT I DO want in life.
      11. I'm clear about WHAT I DON'T want in life.
      12. I'm clear about WHO I DO want to invest my time with in business as a coach, business consultant, marketer etc.
      13. I'm clear about WHO I WILL NOT waste my time with in business as a coach, business consultant, marketer etc.
      14. I finally discovered the secret for how to attract the things you do want in life without the struggle.
      15. I am able to continue to be totally debt free (OK credit cards are a strategic kind of debt!).
      16. After nearly 20 years, I forgave my father (who died in 1999) so I could srop carrying his body around in my emotions and in my mind. That experience has taught me more than any other thing I've learned in life and also informs me of how to interact with my kids as a parent.
      17. I've learned to be more tolerant of people, something Virgos don't normally do well I'm told!
      18. I discovered how to be free from FEAR and DOUBT, how to cast WANT and MISERY out of my life, and teach others the same - Failing in business 3 times in a row at the start wasn't a waste after all.
      19. I have a supportive family.
      20. I'm a believer in people, no matter where they're from or who they are.
      21. I'm able to share these aspects of my life openly with the world through this post. If these things ahdn't happened I wouldn't be responding here today.
      Out of all this, if there's one thing I'd like to communicate through this post it's this - Success is everything that happens to you while you're busy doing other things.
      Hey Bayo, thanks for taking the time and sharing your inspiring story. Great Quote by the way: -> Success is everything that happens to you while you're busy doing other things.
      For most of us, the realization that this saying is true, will arrive not until an age when we are able to step aside and take a deeper look inside of us.
      John Lennon wrote a similar lyric in the song Beautiful Boy (1980) where it says: 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.', so you are in good company!

      Thanks again, for a great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author vincentnguyen
    I consider success to be:

    Freedom to do what you enjoy instead of forced to work mindlessly doing something you hate. Of course, making enough to survive comfortably as well.

    As of right now, I consider myself successful because I'm lying the groundwork for a lot of things that will pay off in the long-run. I'm not projecting my future earnings to be in the six-figures or anything (although not out of the realm of possibility,) but I know I'm on the right path to avoiding cubicles and a confined office space.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Originally Posted by Matrixler View Post

    I'm curious. Do you consider yourself successful? If so, why? If not, why not?
    What does success mean to you?
    In the past I thought of myself as being something of a “failure.”

    I remember having a picture of a Ford Mustang thinking that when I have that car (and other trappings of success) I would be “successful.”

    Today, however, I would consider myself to be a “Successful Person.”

    Why?

    Mainly because I've overcome depression, social anxiety, and mental illness to the point of being born again. (And enjoying a new freedom of mind and being.) When I reached this state, I saw the reason for all of my suffering as having a positive affect on my life (and business).

    And now I'm in the process of liberating other people from their problems. : )
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    "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."―Joseph Sugarman
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I consider myself successful because I met my goal of making money online but, I haven't reached ultimate success. In my opinion that would be financial freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cason
    Honestly no, not yet. I need moar discipline!
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
      Originally Posted by peter4520 View Post

      In my opinion, i will consider myself successful the day I will make a company or a service that will provide help to everybody on this earth. Some people will say their goal is to be millionnaire or even billionnaire but I really think it's about helping people and providing services and willing to help the world inn any way possible.

      That's my point of view

      Peter4520
      Hi Peter, wow, provide help to everybody on this earth? I love big goals, Lol!
      Focusing on contribution is one of the most powerful ways to receive more than what you can ever imagine. Great attitude.


      Originally Posted by Aaron Doud View Post

      Everyone is Successful. The question is are you happy with your success and if not what are you doing to get where you want to be?
      Hey Aaron, so do you consider yourself to be successful?


      Originally Posted by vincentnguyen View Post

      I consider success to be:

      Freedom to do what you enjoy instead of forced to work mindlessly doing something you hate. Of course, making enough to survive comfortably as well.

      As of right now, I consider myself successful because I'm lying the groundwork for a lot of things that will pay off in the long-run. I'm not projecting my future earnings to be in the six-figures or anything (although not out of the realm of possibility,) but I know I'm on the right path to avoiding cubicles and a confined office space.
      Thanks for sharing Vincent. Great to hear that you've laid the groundwork for you. So, you love what you do right now, right?
      Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

      In the past I thought of myself as being something of a "failure."

      I remember having a picture of a Ford Mustang thinking that when I have that car (and other trappings of success) I would be "successful."

      Today, however, I would consider myself to be a "Successful Person."

      Why?

      Mainly because I've overcome depression, social anxiety, and mental illness to the point of being born again. (And enjoying a new freedom of mind and being.) When I reached this state, I saw the reason for all of my suffering as having a positive affect on my life (and business).

      And now I'm in the process of liberating other people from their problems. : )
      Thanks for your honest sharing Jonathan. How do you liberate other people from their problems?


      Originally Posted by tvon View Post

      I consider myself successful because I met my goal of making money online but, I haven't reached ultimate success. In my opinion that would be financial freedom.
      How do you plan to get that financial freedom?


      Originally Posted by Cason View Post

      Honestly no, not yet. I need moar discipline!
      Thanks for your honesty Cason. How do you plan to get that?
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Originally Posted by Matrixler View Post

        Thanks for your honest sharing Jonathan. How do you liberate other people from their problems?
        By empowering people through information (articles, videos, ebooks, etc.) and bringing them from a place of pain to a place of happiness and power.

        What about your Matrixler? Do you consider yourself to be successful (etc.) and why / why not?
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        "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."―Joseph Sugarman
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        • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
          Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

          By empowering people through information (articles, videos, ebooks, etc.) and bringing them from a place of pain to a place of happiness and power.

          What about your Matrixler? Do you consider yourself to be successful (etc.) and why / why not?
          Great to hear that Jonathan! My blessings are with you.

          Am I successful? Hell Yes! Hahaha, have you expected something else?
          Just kidding, but yes, successful in a way that I have never dreamed before of, because now I'm able to see it. A few years back I was successful too, but not able to see it. Meaning I was still searching and asking myself am I good enough? A great motivator by the way, but not very pleasing at times.

          My greatest "success" is my daughter, as she is the best that I have had the chance to be part of. One moment with her is like meeting a wonder in action!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Success means different things to different people.
    Yes, I am successful in many ways. I can earn money from my writing and proofreading skills. This is fortunate as I am on a disability pension and can't work a typical J.O.B. any more.
    I don't want to work a J.O.B anyway.

    I am not rich but I can afford the basics in life and I don't go hungry.
    I have some good friends and that makes me lucky.

    I am not in debt to anybody and that is more successful than I was when I worked full time and earning more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      Success means different things to different people.
      Yes, I am successful in many ways. I can earn money from my writing and proofreading skills. This is fortunate as I am on a disability pension and can't work a typical J.O.B. any more.
      I don't want to work a J.O.B anyway.

      I am not rich but I can afford the basics in life and I don't go hungry.
      I have some good friends and that makes me lucky.

      I am not in debt to anybody and that is more successful than I was when I worked full time and earning more money.
      Hey Laurence, you are definitely successful. No one needs to be rich to be successful. Most people consider freedom of doing what they want as a success if achieved.

      I might need your proofreading skills sometime soon.

      Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author emelef
    Yes. Because everyday I am better in every way than I was yesterday. Always compare yourself to yesterday because if you only judge success based on your goals there will always be a gap... even when you reach a goal there will be a new goal and a new gap - You never actually arrive, so look back and see how far you've come - that is the measure.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    I think Yes.
    The reason is that I am free from 9-5 job with what I am doing on internet.
    The other reason is that I get more free time, I work at my own convenience, I take holidays when ever I want and more importantly I make more money than I would do at 9-5 job.
    More important than all the above is, Thanks to God that I am happy which makes my success more beautiful.
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  • yes! because I am happy with my family and love ones..I believe in me and I know what I'm doing..
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    Success is relative and comes in many faces. I have had successes in my profession. But they don't compare with my success in bringing up two fantastic children. Can you beat that?
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
      Originally Posted by joesfortune View Post

      Success is relative and comes in many faces. I have had successes in my profession. But they don't compare with my success in bringing up two fantastic children. Can you beat that?
      Congratulations! No, can't beat that, I'm still counting 1 daughter, but I do my best and more are in the making...
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    I am successful because I am fulfilling my purpose and I am making my family happy. I am happy when they are happy. It's not all the time because problems are inevitable but generally, I am successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justyn Franko
    Success is not a destination... its a way of being....
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixler
      Originally Posted by Justyn Franko View Post

      Success is not a destination... its a way of being....
      Great Quote Justyn, now, are you in the way of being successful?
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  • Profile picture of the author garfw
    I used to consider myself sucessfull but I have to say over the last few years no matter what I have tried and all the hard work I have put in, I just seem to be almost going backwards. I guess i'm hoping that I am going to come out the other side one day...
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I am successful at certain things and not successful at other things. I am successful at the things that really count, like being an honest and ethical human being, and not doing anything to compromise my self-respect.
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