What is Success?

The dictionary definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

Each of us measures success in different ways. Some consider themselves to be successful if they have a 9 to 5 job and are earning a living for their family despite the fact they may be spending 60 or more hours a week at that job. For these people – success means fulfilling their duty to family at whatever the cost to themselves.

Others may consider themselves successful if they live a relatively happy life, and have time to spend with friends and family.

And some even consider success to be how much they have earned in their lifetime – often at the cost of others.

I personally break success down into multiple parts.

In business I measure success one goal at a time. And the only way I can do that effectively is by tracking my activities toward reaching that goal. Most of my articles are about proven methods to accomplish success in this area. These methods are based on business principles and “mastering the mundane”, as Jeff Olson puts it. This primarily requires discipline to do the activities that bring success despite the obstacles that appear in our path to distract us from those tasks.

In relationships I measure success by the large number of positive loving and caring people I am able to call Friends, and the frequency with which I am able to spend time with them. This success is based largely on life principles like honesty, integrity, genuinely caring about others lives, and giving to everyone in a loving and caring way. These principles are important in business also but are measured differently.

I measure success in Life by the feedback I get about how what I do and say brings happiness and joy into the lives of others. Writing this article every two weeks is important to me for that reason.

I was chatting on Facebook with a casual Acquaintance. When I asked how he was doing his response was, “Life would be better if I didn’t have to work all these hours and travel all the time so I could move to Europe to live.” He then asked me how I was doing? I told him life was beautiful, and that I was working to help others reach their dreams. He then said, “I don’t think I have any dreams.”

I then suggested that one of his dreams was that he didn’t want to work so many hours or travel so much, and move to Europe. When I asked what it would take for him to reach that dream he quickly changed the subject – clearly not wanting to “work” on his dream at this time.

It is my hope you will take time to think about your dreams, and that my articles will help you find the pathway to reach them.

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