Success is What You Make It

Everyone defines success differently, for some it’s a healthy family that loves you, for some its an economic value for others its the ability to live a happy fulfilling life. The definition of success is an individual one, no dictionary definition will suffice.

The true meaning of success goes far beyond the common definitions of success, such as having a lot of money, wealth, tangibles and earned degrees are examples of a few definitions of success.

This is the meaning of success:

True success in life cannot be measured with the above named items, the true way to measure success if with the amount of people that are able to life a better, more advanced happy life because of what you created.

The trophies people are collecting in their lives is not success. Paid and social media and society lets us often decide that living a successful life means to be extraordinarily wealthy and have a lot of tangibles. However the true meaning of success is to live a happily life and to make this world a better place for everyone.

Money comes and goes, happiness and success are the result of your actions that bring you to a higher goal.

So how do you define success?

Grab a piece of paper and a pen, and write down the five accomplishments you are most proudest of.

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~ George Edward Woodberry

Maybe your list consists of things like paid off debt, or learned how to code, or started my own business that supports my family and allows me quality time with my family. Everyone will have their own personal definition of success.

Your list does not have to consists of your “biggest” accomplishments, but rather the ones you feel most positive about and have the biggest impact on your daily life. Your family is impressed that you graduated from a great college, however you maybe proud that you beat your fear of moving to a new city where you knew no one and built an awesome social network that you can depend upon.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn

After you’ve got five accomplishments, identify the common threads of this list. What are the common characteristics of your accomplishments require Courage? Selflessness? Persistence? Intelligence? Caring? Tenacity? Social Good?

The common theme will tell you how you will and should define your long-term vision of success. My common themes were “Courage, Tenacity and Social Good” — when I define an unexpected or innovative way of solving a problem or creating a new opportunity, put the effort into to it is when I feel really successful.

Success usually implies a goal with action steps that can take weeks, months, or even years to see through fruition.

Part of defining your own vision of the word success means identifying what it would mean and the effort required for the next couple days, hours, weeks or months.

Now its time to implement this concept by creating a My To Do List called “Real Success.” A few examples may be to create and update a website with high value content everyday or take 3 hours a week and volunteer with your local Boys and Girls Club or take 30 minutes everyday and take your kids for a bike ride to improve your health and teach them healthy habits that can be incorporated into their daily lives and lifestyles.

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso

The examples above are a few of my personal goals that drive me towards two bigger versions of success: “Achieve work-life balance” and “Work with a Venture that has a Social Good as its primary mission.”

I will not consider myself successful until I make those ultimate goals come true. By framing progress itself as success, I am more accomplished and proud of the work that I do on a daily basis.

Remember you are defined by your courage and redeemed by your loyalty. Now get a pen and paper and start your My to Do List, the world will be a better place and your will be far happier.