How Do You Define Success? Ask Yourself These Questions to Develop Your Unique Definition of Success

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
— Dr. Maya Angelou

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Do you have your own definition of success? Many people are trying to live up to society’s definition of success without considering if this is the best option for themselves. Ask others what success means and you’re bound to hear a variation of these answers:

Nice house, big and fancy, with an infinity pool, in a gated community.
Fancy cars to fill up a five-car garage.
Respectable corporate job worth bragging about.
An attractive spouse.
A bazillion dollar bank account.

Those things are fine if that’s what you choose. But suppose success is meant to be just as unique as each of us are. Or suppose your vision of success does not fit a standard, melting pot definition. If you take the time to think about it, your definition of success might be something completely different and off the standard path. Consider this alternative success scenario:

Being single and traveling the world.
Running your own business from a laptop.
Having meaningful adventures each day.
Wearing flipflops at least eight hours each day.

A person with this definition of success would be miserable in the first scenario. They might find themselves accomplishing something that is not so appealing in the end; something that lacks the fulfillment that was hoped for. How do you avoid that kind of disappointment? By creating your own definition of success!

“My lack of success is self-imposed.” — Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Start by considering these introspective questions.

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Anita D Russell, Founder/CEO The Place to SOAR

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