Definition of Success

What makes some someone successful? Some may say it’s how much money is in your bank account, others may say it’s the amount of friends you have. I say it’s whatever you want it to be. Above you see Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) throwing out $100 bills, fun coupons as he calls them in the movie, off of his yacht. I think all of us can agree that this would be amazing to have this kind of wealth, but as we see in the movie, this money does not bring happiness. We see that The Notorious B.I.G.’s saying of “Mo Money, Mo Problems” does hold true for Mr. Belfort here. At the end of the movie, all of the money and women and drugs don’t matter anymore. We see that he was doing all of the activities throughout the movie in aspirations of long-term happiness and success, but this only lead to short-term happiness and eventual ruin.

How much time you spend doing what you love and who you spend your time with is what I think defines happiness. “Time is the underlying factor that allows us to be productive and enjoy ourselves. Its power is nearly intimidating; however, with the right managerial skills, it is also exhilarating to think about the distances we can go if we utilize it correctly.” (Keller) I admire the way my classmate includes this so alluringly into her blog. She insinuates how time is such a normal part of our lives that we take for granted, while at the same time telling us what a magnificent phenomenon it can be if used correctly. Time is a force to be reckoned with in our lives and how we handle our time is what makes us not only successful, but efficient as well.

Anyone can give us their opinion of how successful we are, but it’s very hard to look in the mirror most of the time. We are so worried about trying to define our success with how much money we make, where we send our kids to school, or how much our house cost that we forget if that’s how we even want to be defined. I want to be defined with how I manage my time, because that’s something that personally fulfilling to me and something that can actually be measured.


Keller, T. (2017, September 21). Everyone Needs It [Web log post]. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from

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