Friday, 10 July 2015

What Is The Measure Of Success?

I'll level with you all; I had no idea what to post about today. So I poked around one of the online discussion groups I'm a part of for inspiration. I stumbled on to a pretty interesting thing to think about. "What's your definition of success?"
An accurate representation of success
A lot of people would define success as having a lot of money. Being financially responsible certainly seems like a good indicator of success. Money is rewarded based on your skill level. The more you have the more successful you are. At least that's the way they would have you look at it. Unfortunately for me that tends to be the way I think about success too. I really do feel that if you are successful at something you will have, or will eventually, make a lot of money from that thing. If you haven't, then you haven't succeeded.

But there are other aspects to success too. Things like independence and the ability to take care of yourself. You can have all the money in the world but if you can't do anything for yourself then can you still call yourself successful? If you lost your money you'd be screwed because you'd have no idea how to take care of yourself.

I think that ultimately success is measured in a lot of different ways. There's no one defining factor for success. It's essentially made up of four main parts; happiness, a lack of stress, financial security (you don't even need to be rich, just not living from paycheck to paycheck) and independence. Again, that's just how I choose to look at it.

How would you define successful? 

4 comments:

  1. I like what you said about independence and ability to take care of yourself! I am going to put kind in there, it is certainly not all about money and power.

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  2. I've always liked Emerson's definition of success.

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  3. That is a pretty good definition of success you have put together.. though I have never really thought about it in that detail. Maybe that's why I am not that successful! haa ugg Though I admit achieving financial success makes success in other areas easier.

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  4. I would define success as everyone being sad when I die.
    Then they can go get drunk.

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