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19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

Missy Yost


Missy is a business owner and writes about everyday lifestyle tips on Lifehack. Read full profile


What is success?


Is it wealth? Is it happiness? Webster’s dictionary has three definitions:

  • The fact of getting or achieving wealth respect or fame.
  • The correct or desired result of an attempt.
  • Someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.

The late Zig Ziglar was one of the most respected modern day experts on success, motivation, and leading a balanced life. In his book Born to Win!, he argues that success cannot be defined in one sentence, but instead it is comprised of many things. One could argue that the definition depends on the individual and one size does not fit all.


Here are 20 new definitions of success, find your own success definition and create meaning for your life:


1. Success is always doing your best.



Success can be achieved when you try your best in all aspects of everything you do.




2. Success is properly setting concrete goals.



Be realistic and concrete when setting goals. Success does not come from setting abstract goals.




3. Success is having a place to call home.



Home is where your heart soars. You are always successful when you can call a place home.




4. Success is understanding the difference between need and want.


If you can meet your monthly obligations and fulfill your basic needs, you are successful.




5. Success is believing you can.



If you believe you can, you will succeed.




6. Success is remembering to balance work with passion.



Work without passion creates undue stress and empty achievements. Focus on what excites you.




7. Success is taking care of your needs.



Remember to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.




8. Success is learning that you sometimes have to say no.



Success only comes with a balanced life. Part of balance is learning to say no.




9. Success is knowing your life is filled with abundance.



Love, health, friends, family… life is filled with abundance.




10. Success is understanding you cannot keep what you don’t give away.



You will only succeed if you help others succeed.


11. Success is overcoming fear.



Conquering a fear makes you feel invincible. No one can stop you now.




12. Success is learning something new each day.



Successful people understand learning never stops.





13. Success is learning that losing a few battles can help you win a war.



Successful people choose their battles wisely.





14. Success is loving and being loved back.



Unconditional love is the best!





15. Success is standing your ground when you believe in something.



Successful people never give up on things they believe with all their heart.





16. Success is not giving up.



Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success






17. Success is celebrating small victories.



Anytime a goal is reached or an obstacle is overcome, take time to celebrate.





18. Success is never letting a disability hold you back.



Disabilities do not define a person’s success. The body and mind will compensate.





19. Success is understanding you control your destiny.



Your destiny is controlled by you and you alone.


Success can be defined in many ways. I think we accomplish success when at the end of a day we can say… this was a good day. I look forward to doing it again tomorrow.


More About Success




What Does Success Really Mean to You?


We all want success. We want to be successful and feel successful.


We chase money, fame, power, education, relationships and a thousand other things without ever stopping to ask one essential question:


What, actually, is success?


Few people pause to consider what it truly means to achieve success in their own lives. As Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”


Related: 25 Successful People Who Can Help Change Your Life


If we don’t answer this question, we can end up climbing the wrong ladder and pursue someone else’s version of success. We get to the top only to discover we climbed the wrong mountain. We achieve our goals only to realize they were the wrong ones. It’s a disaster few people are able to recover from.


In Office Space, Michael Gibbons says to his doctor, “So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”


How do we avoid a similar fate?


Those who have achieved the greatest amounts of actual success are those who are crystal clear on what it means to reach the top, for them. If we want to follow in their steps, we must achieve equal clarity.


What Success Isn’t


Before we can pursue success, we need to understand what success isn’t. If you spend just a few minutes on social media, you’ll realize how many people hold a very narrow definition of success. They think it’s about building wealth, having the perfect relationship, launching a billion-dollar business or amassing a large social media following. And a lot of times, they attach famous people to their image of success.


None of these things or people is wrong, but being like them doesn’t necessarily make you successful. Many people have fought and struggled to the top only to feel miserable and burned out once they get there. They’re unhappy because they pursued the wrong definition of success—one that didn’t match their values.


Throughout childhood and early adulthood, we learn various ideas of success from our parents, teachers and friends. Everyone has their own agenda and idea of who and what we should be. Although it’s OK to value the opinions and hopes of others, we shouldn’t necessarily adopt them as our own. No one can impose their version of success on us. No one can tell us what it means to live the good life.


It’s easy to assume that success means obtaining a specific object, such as a job or social status, and to believe that if we get that thing, we’ll be successful. But some of the greatest successes resulted from the worst failures. Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”


Related: 5 Things You Need for a Successful Mindset


For example, before becoming a U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln…

…was defeated for the State Legislature.
…failed in business.
…was defeated for Speaker of the House.
…was defeated for Congress.
…was defeated for the U.S. Senate.
…was defeated for nomination as vice president.
…was defeated again for the U.S. Senate.


If we rest our definition of success on one or two achievements, there’s a good chance we’ll be disappointed.



What Success Is


We must set our goals, objectives and trajectories based on what we desire, not what someone else wants for us.


Some people find that helping people brings them the most joy, and therefore success looks like a life given to others. Some realize that building a business or product brings them happiness. Some prefer isolation and others prefer constant activity.


The simple yet profound truth is that what makes me happy doesn’t make someone else happy, and vice versa. My vision of success probably looks nothing like yours, and that’s how it should be.


If we fail to define success for ourselves and try to pursue someone else’s path, we’ll end up frustrated, unhappy and ultimately feeling deeply unsuccessful. Bruce Lee said, “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”


The path to success begins by asking yourself, What makes me happy?

It’s also essential to understand that in many ways, we already are successful. If we assume that we are failures until we reach a specific goal, we will never be happy. We have to recognize all we have already accomplished.


Ask yourself:


Success is both a goal and a journey. When we reach certain milestones, that is an element of success. But we don’t stop there. We push higher and harder, striving for more and to bet better.

Tony Robbins says, “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” But how do we find our path? What steps do we take to achieve true success?


We must be able to clearly answer several laser-specific questions:

The answers to these questions must be ultra-specific. It’s not enough to say, What really matters to me is happiness. If you can’t see clearly, you won’t really know what that means, or what you’re doing or where you’re going. The same is true of your vision of success.


But before you can begin moving forward, you must assess where you’re at now. This is a time for honest evaluation, not rose-colored glasses. Where are you currently successful? Where do you need to grow? What are your weaknesses and strengths? Try bringing in a friend or colleague to act as a real and unbiased sounding board.


After that, it’s time to set some specific goals. These goals should be achievable and concrete, but still challenging. Your goals should also be measurable. Say you want to read more to be successful; set a goal of 50 books per year, not just “read more.”

If you don’t define success, someone else will define it for you. What mountain are you climbing? Is it the right one? Or are you going to reach the summit and see your mountain off in the distance?


Start on the right path today.


Related: 15 Success Quotes From History’s Greatest Minds



The Meaning of Success and How to Define Success in Life

Eugene Adu-Wusu

Eugene Adu-Wusu

IT Technical Support Engineer | IT Support Analyst | System Administrator

Definition of Success:


Success (the opposite of failure) is the status of having achieved and accomplished an aim or objective. Being successful means the achievement of desired visions and planned goals. Furthermore, success can be a certain social status that describes a prosperous person that could also have gained fame for its favorable outcome. The dictionary describes success as the following: “attaining wealth, prosperity and/or fame”.


How to define success in life?


The only person that can answer the question above is you. I am neither able nor willing to prescribe the ultimate definition of success, as this is not possible. Every person is thinking differently about being prosperous in life and is defining success in another way, so there can’t exist a definition that is suitable for all.


It is very important that you know exactly how to define success in life! Make yourself aware of what accomplishment, success, and prosperity in general mean to you in your life. Some might define success as having luxurious cars and a huge mansion, whereas others consider a life full of joy and happiness with their family as the true meaning of success. Once you have figured out what is important for you personally you are able to focus on your visions and goals.


The meaning of success


One of the most important key steps to achieve success in life is to know the meaning of success for your personal life. The true meaning of success goes far beyond the common definitions of success, such as having a lot of money, being wealthy, having a lot of tangibles and earned degrees.


Quite the opposite: true success in life cannot be measured with the above-named factors, but instead with the number of people that are able to live a better and more advanced life because of what you created. This is the meaning of success. Not the trophies people are collecting in their lives. Media and society lets us often conclude that living a successful life means to be extraordinarily wealthy and have a lot of tangibles.


But the meaning of success is to live a happy life and to make this world a better place for everyone.


Is a fancy sports car really the definition of success?



Definition of failure:


The opposite of success is a failure as it means to fail while trying to achieve aims or objectives.


Besides this regular definition of failure it also can be said that even wealthy and successful persons fail in their lives. Just think about the rich and famous and all their scandals, addictions and suicides.


All of them were extraordinary persons but a lot of them were also extremely unhappy with their lives and were not able to see the meaning of success. Wealth cannot be defined with money, but instead with values in your life that make you a happy person, such as friendship, relationships and your family.



The difference between accomplishment and success: 


Accomplishment is often associated with success, but it is not the same. Accomplishment refers to the results we desire when we attempt to reach specific goals. Basically it is the results that we plan or expect to occur. Success is the positive consequence or outcome of an achieved accomplishment.3


The definition of accomplishment 


Accomplishment can be seen as the process to become successful and with every accomplished goal you take a step towards prosperity and a life full of success.


How to achieve success in life?

  • The process of becoming successful starts with elaborated goal setting
  • Define a strategy and a plan how you intend to reach your goals, aims and visions
  • Keep in mind that success is the consequence of having earned a series of accomplishments, so make sure to divide your goals into easier to reach subgoals



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