Success is in the Eye of the Beholder


If we took a quick survey and asked people what success represented to them, I hope you realize the answers would be all over the map. It’s an extremely elusive term.

This is a success site, and like a ton of other success sites out there I’m sure you’ll be expecting to see the phrase “six or seven figures” provocatively used right from the get go. To be clear, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that concept. It would be short-sighted and a bit arrogant to cast some type of attitude over the numbers game. We all have every right to pursue our dream, whatever that may be. But, I will step up to the plate though, and remind you that the numbers only represent part of the game in terms of success, and here’s a couple of examples of what I’m getting to and feel you don’t hear enough of.

My friend Sarah is a single mom with two kids. I’ve watched her struggle, but never waver as she worked hard toward getting a job that she felt actually had some meaning to her life. Just a few weeks ago, through a tremendous effort on her part, she finally landed a job she not only felt good about, but was also structured in a way to be able to give her kids the time she knew they needed, and deserved. My question to you is this – do you honestly think that Sarah at present feels any less successful than the individual that just cracked six figures?

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Hypothetical Scenario: Allen makes about $100,000 a year working 40 to 50 hours a week. Jeff makes around half of that working about 10 to 15 hours a week. Who would you consider to be more successful?

Success is most assuredly in the Eye of the Beholder!

Why it’s paramount to understand that concept is the fact that it will have everything to do with how you’re structuring your own game plan to succeed. Without a totally clear idea of what succeeding actually represents to you, (and I repeat, that will be all over the map individual to individual – and – will inevitably change from time to time) how could you possibly know what steps to take to get there, and it will involve a series of steps, I promise you.

Consider this: If you feel you have to make a goal for yourself, make the goal a well designed series of steps that not only keeps you fueled on a day to day basis, but keeps your integrity in tact as well. That’s just a fancy way of saying when the alarm goes off in the morning (because you took that action), you’re not starting your day off with your fave four-letter word. I’m sure for some of you out there that would be a success in-and-of itself.

I’m simply trying to get you to consider the fact that success is a journey, not an end result, and that’s where the Art of success comes in. Give yourself some time to figure out just what the hell this word success actually means to you…then go after it with a vengeance!

I’d love to hear anyone’s and everyone’s personal definition of success, if you feel so inclined.

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  1. John M
    6 years ago

    Some great stuff here! Success and happiness for contentment can be interchangeable not necessarily dependent on monetary gain. You can be a shoemaker and be happy if you love what you do it’s not always about the money. At the end of the road I personally won’t be asking myself how much money I was able to acquire but how much satisfaction I drew from life and was able to give to others in the way of contribution to their lives.

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