What is success?

Success is something we all want. Everyone has their own ideas about it. What exactly defines it? That question is subjective to the person that is asked. There is no right answer. We all have different views and opinions on the subject. 

The online dictionary at dictionary.com defines success as the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals. With that definition in mind, we could conclude it depends upon what your goals are, and whether or not you have achieved them. My goals may be different than yours, therefore, our ideas on the subject may be quite different.

Faulty measures of success

Many In today’s society consider the attainment of wealth, good health, and happiness to be success. I think Hollywood and the national media have distorted America’s view of what true success is. We see Hollywood stars and professional athletes living what we view as a glamorous and prestigious life. Sadly, that tends to set the bar for our interpretation of success. Success is often measured by a person’s salary, the house they live in, or the car they drive. I can assure you there are many millionaires who are completely miserable. 

To me, success is to be able to live life with no regrets. It is being able to follow your dream with a passion. For me, it’s knowing that when I breathe my last breath, I will have made a positive difference in the world. Someone once said we should live life so completely that when death comes to us like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal. That’s the way I want to live. I want to leave this life with all of my cards on the table.

I believe truly successful people are those who have discovered their passion and purpose in life. They stay busy fulfilling their life’s purpose. I believe we all have a purpose in life. But, few in life truly discover what their purpose in life really is. Most often, successful people make their life’s mission being of service to others. 

John Maxwell knows success

My wife and I are both big fans of John Maxwell. John Maxwell is an outstanding motivational speaker and life coach, and has authored many books. He has spoken to business people, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders all over the country. He has a style of teaching and explaining that is second to none. I would like to share with you a video by John Maxwell on the question of what constitutes success. This video is an excerpt of a session from The Success Symposium that featured John Maxwell. I hope you enjoy this video and that it gets you thinking and that it will renew a sense of urgency within you to discover your purpose and passion. When you do, get busy doing it and change the world! With no further ado, here is John Maxwell!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,


Navigating The Long And Unpredictable Road To Success
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