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Last Updated on May 28, 2019

20 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

20 Definitions Of Success You Should Never Ignore

What is the definition of 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.

                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 seeing your child graduate.

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                          Your love, guidance, and discipline has paid off. You both succeed today.

                          13. Success is learning something new each day.

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                            Successful people understand learning never stops.

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

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                              Successful people choose their battles wisely.

                              15. Success is loving and being loved back.

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                                Unconditional love is the best!

                                16. 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.

                                  17. Success is not giving up.

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                                    Perseverance creates grit, grit achieves success

                                    18. Success is celebrating small victories.

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

                                      19. 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.

                                        20. 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.

                                          How do you define success?

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                                          Last Updated on June 19, 2019

                                          6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

                                          6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

                                          I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

                                          Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

                                          It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

                                          1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

                                          It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

                                          Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

                                          When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

                                          2. Trust the Muse

                                          Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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                                          When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

                                          “The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

                                          The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

                                          If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

                                          The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

                                          Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

                                          3. Remember to Be Authentic

                                          Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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                                          How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

                                          For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

                                          One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

                                          Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

                                          Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

                                          4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

                                          I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

                                          One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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                                          Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

                                          A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

                                          Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

                                          5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

                                          It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

                                          We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

                                          If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

                                          You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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                                          6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

                                          As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

                                          The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

                                          Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

                                          Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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