Success – who gets to define it? YOU


Success: favourable accomplishment, attainment, issue or outcome.   This is how the dictionary (mine) defines success.

I recently listened to a podcast on The Tim Ferris Show with Amanda Palmer on how to fight, meditate and make good art.  At one point he asked her to define success and that got me thinking – who gets to define success especially for society.  It should be an individual definition.  She had the same line of thought as me.  It should be our definition.

Success for someone could be raising children to be compassionate and empathic.  For another person success could be just getting through the day if they are suffering from depression or anxiety.  We should not compare ourselves, bank accounts, homes, careers, children to anyone else.  Nor should we let society define our success either. We should define our success with the above words of a favourable accomplishment, issue or outcome that is attainable and meaningful to us.

One way I define success is at the end of the day can I look at myself in the mirror and say you did okay.

19 thoughts on “Success – who gets to define it? YOU

    1. It is also getting your head around that happiness and success are not limited. If you get it there is less for me mentality. I think the more happiness/success there is the more it spreads. If that makes sense.


    1. I think we get caught up in numbers sometime i.e. salaries, likes, friends and that shouldn’t define our success. We are so much more than that. And yes sometimes okay is good enough.


  1. I completely agree with you there, success is such a personal thing for all of us and I just think being able to look yourself in the mirror and feel proud of yourself is the ultimate goal of any of our endeavours, really. xx


    1. Totally agreement here. Don’t let others and society tell you what you should be aiming for. At the end of the day it is all about living with yourself and knowing YOU did your best.


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