- Written by Michael Angier
I get asked this question often. When you own a business called Success Networks (SuccessNet.org), it’s reasonable for one to want to know what we mean by success.
And I’ve always hastened to say that it’s not about money, power and fame—although those things can certainly be part of success and often are.
Ultimately, success is in how you define it. It’s different for everyone.
And define it you must. Otherwise, you’ll always be seeking something more or something else and never actually feel successful.
If you define a successful life only in terms of what you accumulate, I do think you’ll miss out on a great deal of satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment. And we all want that.
And only in becoming clear on our core values and discovering our true purpose can we hope to arrive at a definition of success and have any chance of really achieving it.
I've always liked Paul J. Meyer’s definition. He said that, “Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined goals.” But I think the choice of those goals is critically important.
Earl Nightingale might have taken it a step closer when he wrote, "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
My “work-in-progress” definition is, “Being in the process of achieving one's clearly defined goals that are in support of, and in keeping with, one's true purpose and core values.” Because I believe that who we are becoming is more important than what we accomplish.
One of SuccessNet’s slogans is “Purpose, Passion and Prosperity (abundance).” It would be hard to go wrong teaming these up in your definition of success. And it’s no coincidence that we named our home, Casa del Fuego (House of Passion).
In your quest to define and live your successful life, I have two books to recommend. Both are highly endorsed.
We live in a society that conditions us to seek success from the time we're children. We're taught to constantly strive to BE, DO, and HAVE more.
Unfortunately, this conditioning has created quite a mess in our world and for many people.
It's time to step back and re-evaluate how we define and pursue success, money, and yes, even happiness. And that's what this book is all about. You can watch a short video, and click here grab the book . . .
The second book was first published 20 years ago and is timeless. The On-Purpose Person was written by Kevin McCarthy, and I consider it a must-read for any student of success and achievement. It’s a “deep strategy” on living a purposeful life and told in an easy-to-read and entertaining modern-day parable. It’s available now on Amazon Kindle for only $3.
I interviewed Kevin recently and you can listen to our conversation about this all-important subject. Click here to access . . .
And if you haven’t availed yourself of this fundamental resource and our most popular course, I encourage you to order our Your Core Values. It’s a simple and direct way for you to discover the top five guiding values in your life.
Full details can be found here . . .
Please feel free to comment on and share your definition of success as well as your challenges and accomplishments on the road to your success.