Round ’em Up: Defining Success

Posted By on Apr 21, 2014 in Creative Business


This week we’re rounding up some posts from around the Web about a very hot word: success.

We all want to be successful, right? In life, in business, even in our hobbies and families? But the problem is, MY definition of success might be very different from yours. So how does either of us know if we’re successful?

photo credit: aloshbennett via photopin cc

photo credit: aloshbennett via photopin cc

The answer lies in coming up with your own definition of success, and then setting your goals and measuring your progress against that definition. To get started, let’s find some help from these places:

  • Small Biz Trends set out to figure out what “success” looks like to the small business owners of the world. In case you’re wondering, most small business owners surveyed said they did feel successful; here’s what success looked like to them.
  • Tara Swiger gets asked one question more than any other: “How do I create a successful business?” Ahh, but the problem is that she can’t really answer that for you, because you need to answer it for yourself. Here’s how she does that, with actually two answers to that Big Question.
  • In case you’re feeling stuck, Prolific Living has a set of 10 questions you can ask yourself as you work to define success in your life and in your business (because separating the two doesn’t really make sense in this context).
  • Jeff Haden for Inc. argues that as you create your own definition of success, there’s really only one question that matters: How happy are you? Can you answer that question? Read his thoughts on the subject here.
  • Dumb Little Man says that you have to define your own success, and that in doing so you should really listen to yourself, instead of following the crowd. They also advocate keeping a success journal so you can celebrate the smaller steps you take on your way to the big goal.

What about you? How do you define success in your life or your business? Share with us in the comments below!

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