What does success mean to you?
What does success mean to you?
Success is a word we all define differently.
Below are a few defining quotes:
“The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.” – The Oxford Dictionary
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
“I measure success by how many people love me.” – Warren Buffett
“It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.” – Bill Gates
“Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.” – John Wooden TED The difference between winning & succeeding
“To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day. I was happy and felt like I was successful when I was poor, living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment, sleeping on the floor.” – Mark Cuban
“To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric, a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.” – Arianna Huffington
“Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.” – Richard Branson
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins
“The key is not to worry about being successful but to instead work toward being significant.” —Oprah Winfrey
Some of the common buzzwords when discussing success are: wealth, fame, power, influence, accomplishing goals, job title, favor, eminence, being great, happiness, fulfillment, love, etc.
Your version of success is independent and specific to you. Your purpose, goals or dream is what you need to accomplish in order to be successful.
To me, success is going to bed at night without a single worry, knowing that I did everything to the fullest that day. I want to die happily, knowing that I did everything I wanted or at least tried my best.
I don’t want to have any regrets. I want my family to know that I did my best, my career to be maxed to the highest potential, and most importantly, I want to impact people’s lives for the better. My mantra is clear: “inspire and support people to continually pursue personal and career growth.”
Imagine that you are on your deathbed. You are 100 years old and lived those years exactly like you are living now. Would you have any regrets? When you die, what do you want your legacy to be? How do you want your loved ones to tell your life story?
THAT is how you get a clear purpose.
“If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.” – Steven Covey
Align your purpose and actions with what you want your legacy to be when you die. Be intentional about the way you show up.
Don’t bumble around life without aiming for anything. You need to have a clear picture of what success means to you and frame your life around achieving it.
If you want to be a great parent and spouse, align every interaction with your loved ones as such. Do not allow yourself to be a lazy parent and snap at them because you are in a bad mood.
If you want to be great at your chosen career then show up every day, work hard and do your best work. Sometimes we just show up, punch the clock and get a paycheck, but if you align your purpose with your day-to-day work you will have motivation to put forth the effort.
Read the 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. The book is about investing ten times more and reaching ten times further. The idea is to go all in, do ten times the work and believe that you can accomplish unexpected goals and push the limits of what you believe to be possible.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
The problem is that most people never astound themselves because it’s tough.
Successful people work hard.
If you are okay with doing an average job, being an average friend and loved one and dying at 100 years old never accomplishing anything great, this is probably not the place for you and that’s okay.
If you want to do the work… stick around. Begin Within is growing and you are in the right place, surrounded by like-minded people who want to support one another on their way to success.