Success has a different definition for everybody that you ask. For one person, success might look like making it on Broadway as a performer; for another, success might look like managing a small company in their home town. Still, to another, success might look like raising a family of five and making it work on little or nothing. It’s hard to put a definition to it.
The world will try and tell you that success only has one face. That face is money. While this might be true in some regard, success is much broader than that and to limit a person by saying they’re only successful if they make great money in life is ridiculous. So what is success? What does it look like? Here are a couple ideas:
Whether you’re a painter, a computer programmer, a marketing aficionado, a mailman, a stay-at-home father, or a pet groomer, success should be determined by your happiness, not the amount of money in your wallet or bank account. Everybody’s passions and aspirations in life are different. To say somebody is unsuccessful because they didn’t take their lemonade stand and make it into a multi-million dollar franchise deal is stupid.
Success without happiness is a nothing. When you find the thing that makes you happy and you’re content doing it no matter what make, that’s what success looks like.
Everybody has a destiney. Everybody has something that they were born to do. If you’re chasing success because you think it looks like a business suit and an office 100 stories high in the New York City skyline but what you’re chasing after holds nothing for you in your soul and doesn’t fulfill you, no matter how much money you make, that doesn’t spell out success.
You need to find the thing that makes your heart burn. If you love the figuring out the game of marketing, if you love crunching numbers until they break, if you love wrestling with metal and making sculptures, then you have to do it. Fulfillment is success. Money is not.
Success is defined by many different things. It’s happiness and fulfillment, but it’s also relationships. Your love for your spouse, your family, your neighbor, your coworker, and everybody else in the world is what makes success worth having. Without love, the world has nothing. The next time you ask yourself whether or not you’re successful, evaluate these things. Don’t chase the money, the fame, or the glory. Chase the things that are obtainable and not fleeting. Chase the things that last.