Career Debate: How Should You Define Success?
August 15, 2012
Success. It’s something everyone wants. But if you ask ten people what success means, you’re sure to get ten different definitions.
For one person is might be providing for a family, for another it’s the freedom to travel the world, and for a third it’s about creating a lasting legacy.
And this brings up the question: are there better or worse ways to measure success?
To shed a little light on the matter, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting, eloquent, and thought-provoking definitions. Which do you agree with?
SUCCESS IS … MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The most important part of success is a deep knowing that I made a difference for others.
SUCCESS IS … FINANCIAL FITNESS
[Success is] freedom from thinking about money all the time. Not necessarily being “rich,” but having enough money to pay your bills, feed your family, and take care of basic necessities.
Ron, The Wisdom Journal
SUCCESS IS … DOING WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Success is the ability to do what you love every day. This may sound simple but what you love changes over time and having the ability to change what you are doing to match your passion is true success. This has nothing to do with money, wealth or status.
SUCCESS IS … OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington
SUCCESS IS … BEING FREE
Success is the freedom to live your life as the great big fat adventure it is – and the wisdom to understand that all you have to do is to choose to do so.
AND WE’VE JUST SCRATCHED THE SURFACE
Success could be about living in accordance with your own beliefs. Being in control of your time. Achieving peace of mind. Becoming well respected in your community. Gaining celebrity or recognition. Leaving behind a strong legacy.
Out of all this, one point rings out loud and clear: it’s up to you to figure out what success means for your future. As Arnold H. Glasow once said: “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”
How would you finish this sentence? “To me, success is _________.”