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About Success

Definitions of Success for CAREFUL Consideration


"If we look closely at how others define success we very quickly see that there is no one correct definition. Don't ever let anyone dictate to you what your definition of success should be."

- Dr. Steven Mills, D.C.


“Peace of mind which can be attained only through self satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to become the best that you’re capable of becoming. Now, without peace of mind I don’t think anyone has very much. They’re always looking for something else.”
— John Wooden - famous UCLA basketball coach Definition of Success (source: Interview with Tony Robbins)

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
— Maya Angelou

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile ideal.”
— Earl Nightingale

“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”
— Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric,” she says, “a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.”
— Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post founder)

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh says success is about living in accordance with your values. “Your personal core values define who you are, and a company’s core values ultimately define the company’s character and brand,” Hsieh writes in “Delivering Happiness,” his memoir about building Zappos. “For individuals, character is destiny,” he says. “For organizations, culture is destiny.”

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm,”
— Winston Churchill

Though Sir Richard Branson is worth some $5 billion, the Virgin founder equates success with being fully immersed in your work. “My definition of success?” he asked himself on Virgin’s blog. “The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”

“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals,”
— Deepak Chopra

“Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”
— Thomas Edison

“If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience,” he told the New York Times, “you will find your definition of success.”
— Steven Covey

“To find and fully live your purpose in life, and to leave an enduring legacy of having made a difference in the world.”
— Ron Cordes (Founder of the Cordes Foundation)

“Success is not having to describe what’s been accomplished....others do it for you”
— Deborah Hopkins (Chief Innovation Officer of Citibank)

“I define success as living my true purpose and having a positive impact on the lives of people by uplifting them and inspiring them to think and act in ways that they may not have considered before.”
— Raj Sisodia (co-founder of Conscious Capitalism and professor at Babson College)

“The purpose of our lives is to contribute our unique, God-given gifts to have an extraordinary positive impact on the lives of others and the world.”
— David Kidder, CEO of Bionic

“Success, for me, has always been in providing a great quality of life for my family, for those who work for me, and to my community.”
— Jeremy Young CEO of Tanga

“My definition of success is knowing that what you are doing is helping you and others lead a better, happier, healthier life.”
— Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water

“To me, success means creating a business that empowers customers, employees, and community in equal measure. We want to add positive value to people’s lives, from a personal and professional standpoint.”
— Dan Kurzius (co-founder and COO of Mailchimp)

“Success is looking back at your life, when you are in your final moments, and possessing a great amount of pride around your creations, accomplishments, and legacy, while possessing little to no regret about what you did not do and missed opportunities (i.e. your family still loves you). If I can die feeling this way, I believe this is success.”
— Seth Besmertnik (CEO of Conductor)

“I feel that my life is successful if I can live each day with a positive outlook, have a feeling of contentment with my circumstances, have balance in all the important areas of my life, and have the time and resources to pursue what I am passionate about.”
— Marcia Becker, PhD, senior director of Adult Rehabilitative and Rural Services (my mom); (source:

“I define success as having a job that you enjoy and enables you financially, a spouse and family that loves and cares for you, children that make you proud by who they are and what they do, having the freedom to worship a loving God, and being able to contribute to the betterment of your fellow man. I am so blessed!”
— E.N Garnett Jr., Certified Crop Advisor Southern States (my dad) (source:

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