What is success?… Best practices to be successful

What is success?… Best practices to be successful

What is success?

What is success?…Well I am often amazed at how many people define success as making (or having) a lot of money.

It’s very strange, because many of the people who think this way are harried, stressed and, frankly, pretty miserable.

The way I see it, everybody’s definition of success can be mapped on a simple grid, with one axis being the amount of money that you have and the other being the amount of happiness in your life, like so:

The way a lot of people think, success should be defined as follows:

To my mind, however, a much more sensible definition of success is:

There are two reasons why this definition is better. First, there’s no point to being rich if you’re not enjoying yourself. Second, you’re more likely to get rich if you’re happy doing whatever you’re doing.

Being unhappy, of course, can definitely spur people to action. However, the action should be pointed at trying to become happier–not trying to become richer, in the rather naive belief that being rich, in and of itself, will make you happy.

Needless to say, if you’re struggling to put food in your mouth and keep a roof over your head, none of this applies. When you’re just trying to survive, you’re not thinking about happiness.

Even so, I’d rather be poor and happy than rich and miserable.

Real Way to Get Rich

Of course, all things considered, I’d prefer to be rich and happy rather than poor and happy. However, I believe that it’s easier to get rich if you start from a place of being happy–with what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

For example, I spent few months in marketing. However, while I was successful by most people’s standards, I wasn’t particularly happy–because there was always a voice inside me saying that I was born to be a writer, not a marketing parasite.

When I made the leap to writing full time, my income dropped heavily. Even so, I was far happier doing what I knew I was supposed to be doing rather than pursuing a career that to many people would define “success.”

But here’s the thing. I now make more money than I made back then (even adjusted for inflation), and I work about half the hours. I’m 100% convinced that this is because I defined success as being happy rather than being rich.

I’ve noticed this pattern with almost every really successful person I’ve met. I can’t think of a single person who’s pursued a career purely because it’s lucrative and who’s happy as a result. They may be rich, but they’re losers

Doing What You Love

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

Following Your Own Path

A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. – Chin-Ning Chu

Living Each Moment

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. – Corita Kent

Overcoming Obstacles

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. – Charles Lindbergh

Treating People Well

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and co-workers, and even strangers you meet along the way. – Barbara Bush

Excelling in Multiple Areas of Your Life

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. – Zig Ziglar

Doing Your Best

The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure. – B.C. Forbes

Seeking and Finding Love

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. – Pearl S. Buck

Leaving the World a Better Place

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Albert Pike

Success is Many Things

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded. – Bessie Stanley

WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?

I would love to know what success means to you. Does one of the above quotes hold a special significance to you? Have I missed any important ingredients in the potion of success?

So….. what is success? 🙂

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