Define success

Define successTwo little words. But they can provide a whole lot of clarity.

“Define success.”

Say it to yourself. Say it to your boss. Say it to your client.

“Define success.”

Forming the response to this question does two, critically important things:

  1. It forces you to consider what “success” really means for this particular case.
  2. It sets a definitive objective for your effort.

So many times, “define success” is used on an amorphous macro level.

“Retire early.”

“Travel the world.”

“Spend more time with my family.”

But hammering on “define success” at a micro-level is even more powerful.

How are you going to retire early, travel the world, and spend more time with your family? Is that going to happen by tomorrow?

If not, how do you have to be successful tomorrow to keep you working toward that goal? Better yet, how do you have to be successful today?

Define success.

All I had to do to be successful with More than a living, today, was to write a post. Not solve world hunger. Not make it into the New York Times. Not increase the subscriber base.

Write one post.

And I don’t even have to be happy with that post. (I rarely am.)

Success? Write one post.

Define success.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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5 Responses to Define success

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  2. Ron Davison says:

    Covey called his book / course 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rather than Successful People. He thought success had already been defined in general terms and felt that one key was for people to define their own version of success and then he would offer an effective way to get that. I think you’re quite right to emphasize the need for the individual to define success. That might be the most interesting and defining process we go through.

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  4. disha says:

    Great blog . I really liked it. I have also created a lens in same niche. This is my first time , hope u guys like it. Here’s a brief intro: Your thoughts and feelings really do create your reality. It may seem absurd to some of you, but the easiest way to health and wealth is by constantly monitoring your feelings. If you start feeling any negative emotions, you must find ways to improve those even slightly. With time, it becomes easier and easier. This lens is here to provide some basic information on the law of attraction to help you get started on your own path to success.

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