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Last Updated on December 23, 2019

19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

19 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

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.

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

    2. Success is properly setting concrete goals.

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

      3. Success is having a place to call home.

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        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.

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

          5. Success is believing you can.

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            If you believe you can, you will succeed.

            6. Success is remembering to balance work with passion.

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

              7. Success is taking care of your needs.

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

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

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                  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.

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

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

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                      You will only succeed if you help others succeed.

                      11. Success is overcoming fear.

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

                        12. Success is learning something new each day.

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                          Successful people understand learning never stops.

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

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                            Successful people choose their battles wisely.

                            14. Success is loving and being loved back.

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                              Unconditional love is the best!

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

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

                                16. Success is not giving up.

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                                  Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success

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                                  17. Success is celebrating small victories.

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

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

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

                                      19. Success is understanding you control your destiny.

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                                        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.

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                                        15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

                                        15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

                                        Books give us the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of people with greater wisdom than ourselves. They stimulate our brains and help us not only solve the problems we struggle with, but also motivate and inspire us with new ideas.

                                        One of the great things about people who think positively and live happy lives is that they love to help others do the same. There are countless positive-thinking books and these 15 are a great way to help you start living a happy life.

                                        1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

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                                          This book goes through the horrific struggle of Viktor Frankl who survived holocaust concentration camps. The only thing that kept him going was his idea that everything, even the worst of human suffering, had to have meaning. If you’re struggling through anything in your life, I guarantee the words of Viktor will give you courage to press on and find happiness.

                                          2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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                                            What is life’s greatest lesson? Morrie, a retired professor with a fatal disease, opts to use his predicament to share that message as opposed to just giving up and dying. Following the last few months of Morrie’s life will help you realize what is truly important in life.

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                                            3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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                                              Similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, Randy is a college professor who finds he has a fatal disease with only a few months to live. It is customary for professors at his university (Carnegie Mellon) to give a final lecture with the basis of ‘what wisdom would you impart to a large group of people if it was your last chance?’ Randy stays incredibly positive throughout and even keeps the lecture humorous and entertaining. Amidst it all, his wisdom is a powerful reminder about how to live a happy, full life.

                                              4. Earning Freedom by Michael Santos

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                                                Michael Santos was sentenced to 45 years is prison for selling drugs. During his term he fought hard to earn a masters degree and half of a doctorate (halted by the warden) while writing numerous books educating students about the criminal justice system. This book provides a fascinating window into his entire sentence (released in 2012) and how a positive attitude and strong work ethic got him through it. If he found happiness in prison through positive thinking, we can do it anywhere.

                                                If you don’t have the attention span to finish a long book, the following quick reads are shorter but just as powerful.

                                                5. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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                                                  This book has shaped childrens’ minds for years. It illustrates the undeniable fact that when you think positively and believe in yourself, you can accomplish extraordinary things.

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                                                  6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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                                                    Happiness is found in giving. What does it mean to love someone? What would you sacrifice for someone you love? This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson about unconditional love and what it truly means to be happy.

                                                    7. The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson

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                                                      “When your life is over, everything you did will be represented by a single dash between two dates—what will that dash mean for the people you have known and loved?” (Linda Ellis) We don’t choose a lot of things about our life – parents, birthplace, etc. – but we can choose what that dash between those two dates means. This short book will give you a great perspective on making your life worthwhile.

                                                      8. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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                                                        “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state… Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” (James Allen) This book might be short, but it is jam-packed with statements that will make you stop and think. We truly become what we think we are. Negative thoughts affect us more than we know. Positive thinking = happy life.

                                                        9. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald  Miller

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                                                          You are the author of your story. No matter how boring or dull your life has been, you can always turn it around. Donald was in a rut in his life. He had no desire to get out of bed and found himself questioning the meaning of life. Eventually he realized he wasn’t a slave to a pre-written script. He used that mindset to turn around his thoughts, actions, and life. When the closing credits roll on the story of your life, what will people say? Never forget that you have the power to push your limits and live an interesting, happy life.

                                                          10. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

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                                                            The Traveler’s Gift is a fictional story about a man who is overwhelmed with life and finds himself thrown into numerous true events from history – including Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He interacts and learns important life lessons from seven different experiences. The book is full of ways to think more positively and find more success in life.

                                                            11. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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                                                              Malcolm Gladwell motivates you to challenge your preconceptions of underdogs and misfits in this thought-provoking book. When you break down the facts in the story of David and Goliath from the Bible, you find that David really wasn’t an underdog at all – he was the one with the advantage. This book outlines story after story after story of people who were at a disadvantage and learned to find the strength in their weakness.

                                                              12. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen

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                                                                How would you feel if you got to the end of your life only to realize you had been measuring success wrong? Clayton provides a mass amount of wisdom and advice on how to live a life you won’t regret.

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                                                                13. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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                                                                  The small things we worry about every day may not seem like a big deal, but they wear us down slowly and stop us from living up to our full potential. Learn how to get rid of those worries and negative thoughts and live a happier life.

                                                                  14. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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                                                                    C.S. Lewis, who used to be an Atheist, explains how he came to find meaning in life through Christianity. He breaks down all the reasons we doubt and falter in life and how living the principles of Christianity fixes our weaknesses. Lewis is famous for his deep, thought-provoking quotes and this book is no exception.

                                                                    15. Bushido: The Way of the Samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto

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                                                                      Bushido is based on the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. The document’s purpose was to shape the mind and the spirit of the samurai warrior.

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