Project 365: Day 77 – How Do You Measure Success?

by matt on May 7, 2010

Tape MeasureWhat is success?  Is success having loads of money in the bank and being able to buy anything the heart desires?  Is success owning a giant house, multiple cars, lots of bling?  Maybe success is defined by having a high powered job with a fancy job title?  All of these things require hard work and sacrifice but do they really mean a person is successful?

I guess we all have different definitions of what it means to be successful.  For some the above descriptions fit what they believe to be success.  I’ll tell you what I believe success is.

Success comes from the inside, not from external factors.  You must feel successful in order to be successful.  You can work hard and achieve the house, cars and large bank account but if you are not happy, if you don’t feel successful are you really successful?

Albert Schweitzer once said: “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Don’t let others define success for you.  Only you know what makes you happy so go out there and strive to do that every day of your life.  Your success counts on you being true to yourself.  True success will be elusive if you chase after goals and dreams placed in front of you by others.

Keep in mind that our lives are complex with many different areas that are pulling us in different directions.  We have our personal life, our family life, and our business life and each can have different criteria on what it means to be successful.  We need to establish what it means to be successful in all areas of our life and then pursue excellence in those areas.  Pursue your passion in whatever makes you happy.

Whether we are successful or not depends entirely on us.  How we perceive our self is a direct reflection on how successful we will be.  We must first become successful on the inside before we become successful on the outside.  So how do you personally measure success?

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