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    The Only True definition of Success

    Post by osaz on Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:12 pm

    It is important that we evaluate our level of success from time to time.

    To a small business owner, to an employee--to anyone--there is only one way to determine success. The answer lies in answering one question: How happy am I?

    That's it. How successful you are is based solely on the answer to that question;



    How happy are you?

    Extremely successful entrepreneurs--at least in terms of traditional business success--work impossibly long hours while focusing almost exclusively on building their business. In many cases (some would argue most cases) their personal and family lives are to some degree a casualty of that focus.

    Is that a fair tradeoff?

    Fair or unfair is beside the point.

    Tradeoffs are unavoidable. If you're making tons of money but are still unhappy, you haven't embraced the fact that incredible business success often carries a heavy personal price. Other things are clearly more important than making money, and that's okay.

    If on the other hand you leave every day at 4 o'clock and pursue a rich and varied personal life and you're still unhappy, you haven't embraced the fact--and it is a fact--that what you chose to do will not make you wealthy. Personal satisfaction is nice but it's not enough for you... and that's okay too.

    Try to compartmentalize all you want, but business success, family and friends, personal pursuits... no aspect of your life can ever be separated from the others. Each is a permanent part of a whole, so putting more focus on one area automatically reduces the focus on another area.

    Want to make more money? You can, but something else has to give.

    Want more time with family? Want to help others? Want to pursue a hobby? You can, but something else has to give.

    What motivates you? What do you want to achieve for yourself and your family? What do you value most, spiritually, emotionally, and materially? That's what will make you happy--and if you aren't doing it, you won't be happy.
    Sound simplistic?

    It is--but think of all the people you know who complain about the results of the path they have clearly chosen.

    For example, I know teachers who constantly complain about the low pay. Constantly. Eventually I say, "Maybe you should change jobs."

    "Oh no!" they cry. "I love teaching!"

    No you don't. If you truly love teaching you would better accept the inevitable--and it is inevitable--financial trade-offs.

    So are you happy?

    Defining success is important, but taking a clear-eyed look at the impact of your definition matters even more. As in most things, your intention is important, but the results provide the real answer.

    If helping others through social work is your definition of success, you may make a decent living but you won't get rich... and you must embrace that fact. If you're happy, you have.

    If building a $100 million company is your definition of success, you can have a family but it will be almost impossible to have a rich, engaged family life... and you must embrace that fact. If you're happy, you have.

    If you're not, rethink your definition, because it's not working for you. You can't have it all. You shouldn't want to have it all, because that's the best way to wind up unhappy and unfulfilled.

    Ask yourself if you're happy. If you are, you're successful. The happier you are, the more successful you are.

    And if you aren't happy, it's time to make some changes.



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    Re: The Only True definition of Success

    Post by kikanuka on Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:19 pm

    i'm getting addicted, keep it up
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    Re: The Only True definition of Success

    Post by adeola on Tue May 07, 2013 12:04 pm

    @ Osaz
    ride on










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    Re: The Only True definition of Success

    Post by De Gud on Tue May 07, 2013 12:10 pm

    luv that!










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    Re: The Only True definition of Success

    Post by fine_gurl on Wed May 08, 2013 2:58 pm

    well said

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