Defining success for yourself doesn’t mean you compare yourself to others. We are all successful in our own right. Even though this is a true statement, why do so many of us believe we’re not successful?

I recently published an article on Thrive Global entitled, “25 Definitions of Success from Very Accomplished People!” After posting, not only have I received comments on it, people reached out personally on other platforms to express their opinions.

One observation which was shared with me was that success has it’s own universal definition but has it’s own unique meaning to the individual. Couldn’t agree more.

Universally Defining Success

From Merriam-Webster, the universal definition of this noun is:

1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.
2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors
4. a person or thing that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.
5. Obsolete.outcome.

My Favorite Ways for Defining Success

Bob Proctor

Reaching the goal is not success; success is moving toward the goal.

Tony Robbins

Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.

Michael Jordan

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Read more about “25 Definitions of Success from Very Accomplished People!” on Thrive Global!

What’s your definition of success?


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