The Unconventional Guide to Success

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I’ve been looking in all the wrong places when trying to find and be successful when in fact it is all around me. Picture the word Success. What’s the first thing that comes to come to mind? Usually, you relate Success to financial success, entrepreneurship, or fame (Sports or Celebrity).

Below is the short definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary. What stands out is the first definition. This correlates success with wealth or fame. This could be why everyone makes this association. But this doesn’t mean this is your definition of success.

Success Definition:

1. the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
2. the correct or desired result of an attempt
3. someone or something that is successful
4. a person or thing that succeeds

How do CEO’s define Success?

Time and experience changed my perception of what success is. Success comes in many shapes and forms. Of course, people like Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates are successful.

If we ask a CEO, celebrity, and an Athlete their Success definitions. We will receive a variety of answers. But, this should be an easy answer, right?

Inc Magazine How do you define success and 
Business Insider present great Success examples. Several CEO’s and various people define their version of success. The answers vary from providing for their family, running their organizations or helping people. Which answer is correct? All answers are correct.

How do I define Success?

Recently a group of young developers approached me for help. These guys had the idea to turn a mobile game into reality. But, they had no idea where to start.

After a lot of discussion and brainstorming, I was able to point them in the right direction on how to get started. A few months went by without thinking much about it when they returned with a Beta version of their game. Wow, I was over the moon that they were able to bring their idea to life with my support. These guys were beaming with pride with their new product.

After we worked through the Beta version we were able to launch the Android based Squared App. Not only did this make me feel great. But I felt successful that I was able to contribute something valuable to the Holzbaum team.

Giving back and helping others is important to me. Helping others achieve their goals makes me feel Successful.

My definition of success is: Leave a positive impact on peoples lives.

How you can define Success

Here are 10 traits to help you define *YOUR* success. Find one or several traits and create your own success statement.

1. Helping
2. Financial
3. Contributing
4. Give
5. Achievements
6. Legacy
7. Growth
8. Learning
9. Health
10. Love

Now you have some ideas to create your own success statement. Define your success statement and leave it in the comment section below.

Drew Stranton Dance.

Hi, I’m Brian Christner The Swiss Army knife of cloud computing specializing in Linux, Docker, IaaS, PaaS, or anything with a .io domain name. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, the outdoors, and open source projects.


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