You Define Success

January 30, 2011

“To laugh often and love much… to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to give one’s self…
this is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the definition of success? This is one question that has been on my mind a lot lately. If you read my recent The Story of You post, one reader defined success as having a dream and pursuing that dream. When things don’t go as planned, you just do what makes you happy. To that reader, that is the definition of success.

I would imagine that others define success by their careers, by their families, by their bank accounts. Maybe you define success by your popularity or by your looks.

Or maybe we define success by how other people view us. Is your spouse happy? Are your friends envious of you? Do your children think you are the “cool” parents?

I’m not sure why success has been on my mind lately. It could be due to the new endeavors I have taken up, such as blogging. It could be because I am about to reach the 1-year mark with my husband. Maybe it is because I am inching closer to 30 or because I hold subconscious opinions of where my career should be at 5 years in. I’m not sure, but I know that success is something I strive for in every aspect of my life.

I think we need a definition because we would not otherwise know when we achieve success. We can take control over our lives by identifying what success means to us. Maybe you agree with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote above, or maybe you have a different idea. What is important is that you define success for yourself.

So how do you define success?

Word of the Day: Success
Word to the Wise:  “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:7

Disclaimer: When I ask how you define success, I actually want to know your definitions. I may not have an answer to this one yet. Shocking, I know.

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One Response to “You Define Success”


  1. […] week, I asked you how You Define Success, but this week, I want to ask you if success defines you. Sometimes, I can get so caught up in […]


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