It doesn’t matter how you define success. It’s critical that you do.
On your terms.
This is the advice I close every business presentation with. Each of us have opinions on what success looks, smells and feels like, but a hard thing for us to remember is that no one [should] cares about that opinion except ourselves.
We don’t care what others think our own definition of success is, so why should anyone care what we think success should look like for them?
Always define success on your terms
In business, is success limited to revenue, sales and profit? No. Those are certainly motivators and when you valuate the worth of a business, they are extremely important. But in all likelihood, there are many other ways to define success.
This article at Inc. by Jeff Haden is entitled “Want to be genuinely likable and charismatic? Do any one of these 12 things.”
Number 12 on the list? Always define success your way.
Haden goes on to say, “How successful you feel is based on your answer to one question: ‘How happy am I?’ How successful you are is based solely on the answer to that question.”
If true, then it really does not matter how you define success because that feeling of success comes from a sense of what makes you happy. And only YOU can say what that is.
A really good cheeseburger makes me happy. If I can earn enough money, otherwise eat healthy enough and exercise such that I can enjoy a really good cheeseburger once in awhile without fear of breaking the bank or giving myself a heart attack, then hey…I’m happy and successful.
But you might be a vegetarian, disgusted at the very notion of my delicious, juicy cheeseburger smothered in blue cheese, bacon and jalapenos. Or you might hate blue cheese. In either case, it doesn’t matter if you think my definition of success is ridiculous and it doesn’t matter if I think you ought to order a burger just like mine because…
Success is personal
Your definition of success is your own. It’s personal. No one can define it for you. Which means…you have to do it for yourself.
If you carry on without identifying what success means to you, the chances are very high that you will never feel successful. You’ll just move from one thing to the next, seeing if that makes you happy, only to discover it doesn’t.
Why not try a different approach? Why not begin with the end in mind? What makes you happy? What does success mean to you? Define that first. THEN devise a plan for getting there.
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