Today is the day that God has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

To me, being successful means...
Living and loving on my own terms, within my means in the company of beloved family and friends.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
My worth as a human being is no longer defined by my work, my employer, my income, my college "pedigree," or even having grown up in Palo Alto.

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Santa Barbara, Engineer and Parent, California and Colorado

To me, being successful means...
Having a positive impact on the world that will live beyond you. And earning enough for family to be comfortable and have fun. 

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Focus has shifted from monetary success to impact on others. But, most who say money matters less probably have plenty.

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Grateful [high school] Alum

To me, being successful means...
Finding meaning and fulfillment in your relationships, your work, and your contributions to the common good.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I care less about professional "success" and now measure personal success by how much time I have to read, hangout with family and friends, travel, and volunteer.

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A Writer, obsessed with truth, resisting retirement

To me, being successful means...
To achieve what I set out to achieve, while making enough money to not have to worry, and being able to help others who have not been so fortunate.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
In my youth, I assumed money would automatically accompany good work. It does not. It must be consciously pursued.

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No Matter What, Don't Give Up

To me, being successful means...
Being able to look in the mirror and be happy with the person looking back. It helps to have a secure home and loving family, too. But those are rarely present or quickly flee without the mirror test, so that comes first. Can you be happy looking in the mirror?

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I learned that despite popular wisdom success is a group sport. I can't stand people who claim or imply that they "did it all on my own." The more I have scratched the surface of those stories over the years the more I find they are either delusions or outright lies. I recall one person I met years ago telling me how he had created a huge real estate empire entirely on his own, how "no one gave me a thing!" -- starting out with nothing, he insisted. I later learned he had inherited five SF properties from his dad. But he could not admit that. He just had to lie and claim to be a self-made man. What I have learned is that there is no such thing. There are just people who don't or won't recognize the people or situations that helped them.

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Barron Park kid.

To me, being successful means...
Giving back to the community. Sharing wisdom to be a positive influence.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I started adulthood financially driven. I had monetary success early on. As I grow older, money and things don't matter as much as experiencing life. 

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TV Editor, Los Angeles, CA

To me, being successful means...
Being true to yourself. Following your dreams. Finding what makes you happy. Being comfortable with your place in life.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 
Not really. I always wanted to make my way. I never really bought into all of society's ideas of who or what I should be.

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Gertrude Stein - This joy you feel is life!

To me, being successful means...
that I honored the gifts, opportunities, and trust I was given.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think of success as defined by a series of milestones and check marks that could be seen from the outside....now I realize it's something I feel at the end of the day and deep inside.

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Teaching English. Learning Thai? Riding a motor scooter?!

To me, being successful means...
Having a life that glorifies God, that shows how He is working in you and through you to help others.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Some things that I first thought would be failures were really part of the path toward a success in helping others.

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You never know what's around the corner!

To me, being successful means...
Just staying alive...and being patient and kind, no matter the circumstances. 

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Success used to mean ongoing access to a cornucopia of interesting possibilities; now it means making it through another day with acceptance, kindness, and understanding.

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Breathe It All In And Exhale Peace

To me, being successful means...
First of all being happy in my own skin and content with my own company and using that to make a difference in the world.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I was brought up to become educated and to earn a living and make a great retirement for myself.

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Solid B- student finds success.

To me, being successful means...
A productive life, with as much spare time that I can muster, to spend with my family and friends.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Realizing it is not only important to be productive, but time spent with family & friends is equally important.

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You will get there, but you have to decide what parts of you to take with you

To me, being successful means...
Being to take care of my needs and help out with the needs of those I love. To be able to be meaningful work that uses my unique brain and skills. To be loved and valued by family, friends and clients.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I was more focussed on my achievements, and my immediate family, and less on my extended web of relationships

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Practice happiness and gratitude and the rest will fall into place.

To me, being successful means...
Sharing my life with a kind loving companion, children and grandchildren. Living simply so I don't have to worry about the mortgage or bills. Being able help those that I love in little ways. Being able to travel at least once a year. Feeling useful and content but not stressed with my work. Being happy with myself and being consciously grateful for all the blessings that I have experienced so far.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 

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Single dad of a teenager juggling career, music, and fatherhood

To me, being successful means...
Coming from an environment that puts a high value on traditional ideas of financial/professional success, I've realized that there are many paths to, and many definitions of success. For me, success is being able to take care of your family, if you choose to have one, and living within your means, whatever they are.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
"stuff" is less important to me

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Finding satisfaction as a stay-home mom

To me, being successful means...
Love of family! THE most important thing. Being satisfied with "enough" - not worrying about excess. Someone once told me to value "People, Places and lastly THINGS" - in that order. People: friends and family. Places: home, places you've visited. Things: don't matter as much as we think they do at the time. Does NOT mean money and power.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 

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Music – always curious and trying new things

To me, being successful means...
Earning a living by doing what makes me tick. It makes me happy to be in my profession, and yet I would do it anyway, even if I had to earn my living some other way.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 
I'm a musician/educator/performer. If something isn't working, I always have another opportunity. People like me are always "auditioning." Every job we do is a resume for the next job.

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Life Is Too Short to Wait

To me, being successful means...
Being able to work at a job you love instead of one that just "pays the bills".

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used work in a career I hated for the money. Now I make slightly less, but I'm happy and enjoy what I do.

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