Have you ever stopped to think about how you define success? I read a lot of books for personal development or self help books for success, I listen to success audio programs and watch videos for self improvement but until recently I hadn’t thought about how I define success. In other words, what is success in life, not just at work or in business or financially but what is it that I’m doing it all for.
Your Definition Of Success
So what is your definition of success? The best definition of success I’d heard was in a book called The Wisdom Of Success by Napoleon Hill and it was Andrew Carnegie’s definition which was “Success is the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others”. But this definition wasn’t mine and I decided that I had to create my own definition, regardless of whether it is as good as others or not unique.
So here it is, to me, success is doing what you like. Pretty simple and not really earth shattering is it? If you know how to do what you like and you spend your time doing it then you’re successful (according to me). Is it possible to do what you like all the time? Probably not, but I’ve made a decision that it doesn’t matter what I’m doing I’m going to do my best to enjoy it. I’ve decided being happy is the ultimate success. Do what you like and like what you do.
Why It’s Important To Create Your Own Definition
You should create your own definition of success just like you create your own goals because otherwise you’ll be trying to measure up to someone else’s definition by default. If you don’t decide what it is you want society will tell you, you need to achieve this and this and this or you’re a failure, even if it’s not what you want. Too many people are in jobs they don’t like, relationships they are not happy in and spending time doing things that don’t make them happy just because it’s the norm or because it’s what they’ve always done.
It May Sound Simple But It’s Not Always Easy
Knowing how to do what you like is one thing, actually doing it is another. There may be a period of time when if you’re transitioning from a situation you’re not happy with (like a job or relationship) to something new you’ll have have to be patient as you may need to learn new skills or resolve difficulties that will require patience, determination and persistence to resolve. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen (if you don’t give up and learn from your temporary defeats).
I work in sales and while I have always enjoyed working in sales I’ve decided that I want to build an online business in my spare time with the intention of eventually earning the equivalent of my full time income (or more) from my online business so that I can work from home and have more control over my time. But right now I can’t quit my full time job because I have financial responsibilities that require me to have a certain level of income, so I’ve started my online business part time and I will need to have patience, dedication, persistence and the ability to keep learning so I can achieve my goal.
A Simple Formula
This formula will help achieve anything you want in life and it comes to you courtesy of Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie
- Decide exactly what you want, you need to be very specific
- Develop a burning desire to achieve your goal. Become obsessed to the point where people will think “this guy/girl is crazy” Wishing and hoping will achive nothing
- Create a plan to achieve your goal. If you fail at your first attempt accept it as feedback that you need to create better plans, don’t change your goal. Life is constantly giving you feedback, you just need to listen.
- Persist until you succeed. It’s impossible to fail if you don’t quit
What is your definition of success?
I’ve given you my definition of success, I would love to know what is success in life to you. I bet if you ask one hundred people you’ll get one hundred different answers. Feel free to leave your comment below and thank you for reading.