Success in Life - How do you measure it?

India
July 16, 2007 5:17am CST
How do you actually measure success in your life? Is it the money that you have earned, the kind of goodwill and rapport you have earned among your friends/colleagues, the kind of friend-circle you have with you, the kind of mental satisfaction you have,or any other. Is success really measurable and quantifiable.
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@jolope (988)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
i think that success comes in many different ways and kinds.. if you have a plan or an objective and you're finished it or made it possible then that is definitely success.. when it comes to life, i think that success is being what you really want..may it be an artist, a business man, a good wife, a good provider, then you are truly successful.. its not about the money but the contentment you feel when you do the thing you love most..^_^
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@piyush31 (273)
• India
17 Jul 07
I agree fully with jolope. Success can take any form. It can be fulfillment of some objective or feeling satisfied and such. It may or may not i9nvolve any monetary issue. Thanks
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Success can be measured in many ways – and I’m sure it is measured differently by a lot of people. I’m a mom- so success to me is different than a single bachelor with a great job- I’m successful in life- because I have a wonderful family- a great home to provide shelter to my family- enough money to purchase the things we need and extras. I have a lot of friends and 2 true-blue friends- My parents are alive and healthy- My daughter is healthy- I’m healthy- I have a good job that I love- I’m not rich by any means monetary wise- but I’m rich with family and love!
@timou87 (1643)
• Singapore
16 Jul 07
many people judge others using measuable and quantifiable means, such as a person's wealth and perhaps ever career, car, houses and the like. however one i assess my own success, i look at other things as such, such as my relationships with my friends, my health, my general happiness etc
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
success would be measured by what you trully feel, how happy you are not in terms of money but with the feeling of contentment that you have, how you feel when you wake up every morning and it is more about how your relationship is with the people around you, your family, spous, children, etc.. wealth is just icing in the cake
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@malijka (141)
• Poland
23 Jul 07
Hard to say ... i measure my success with done goals :) after few years if i notice there are no more goals (well it won't happen) than i will now i reached my BIG success :)
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@amanasan (26)
• Philippines
19 Jul 07
Success for me is having peace of mind, peace of soul. It is not a matter of wealth, though of course, it is needed, but the amount of peace and joy i have whatever situation i find myself into. Success for me is not something I see or something I hold, but it is the state of my being at the moment
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• Australia
19 Jul 07
I think its part money, as in you have earned enough to live a comfortable life without struggling to pay the bills and all debts. Another factor is happiness. Are you happy with the family you have as well as the friends you have and how well you get along with them throughout your life. Another definitely is your goals and ambitions and whether you have achieved them or not. Certainly not everything has to be accomplished as they may not all be possible but rather there as something to strive for and something to motivate you to focus upon life. I think at the end of the day its a personal thing and how you view success to be what it is.
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• United States
19 Jul 07
I view success in life by over-all contentment. I can look back and know that I have done the best that I can with my various situations and circumstances. I think that the most successful people aren't the ones with money but the ones that have accumlated life stories and wisdom. This is "wealth" that they can pass down generation to generation.
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@missa405 (290)
• Canada
18 Jul 07
I measure success in life by looking at all of the lessons I have learned when going through the regular ups and downs we all experience in life. I also think that the quality of the relationships that you have with friends and family could be a good measurement of success in life.
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• India
18 Jul 07
hi ranjeet success can mean different things to different people and i dont think it can be measured or maybe it can iam not sure. For me it means i got to be happy doing what iam doing - so maybe in other words its the freedom of choice. As long as iam happy and comfortable doing something thats success for me and if iam not then it will make me misrable and that amounts to failure in my eyes :) that does not mean i dont have sad moments or rough times in my life. i do but i always look for the bigger picture like why iam going through bad times and what kind of lesson i need to learn so once i learn something from tough times that also becomes a success ...hhhhmmm hope that was clear :)
@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
18 Jul 07
alot of great answers here.me living to a ripe ole age, and seeing my great great grandkids, then dieing of natural causes-to me family is the most important thing in life and you can judge your success by how well your family life is
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
18 Jul 07
If its place like mylot, ya, its measurable.Like you are far more successful than me here Lol..just kidding. But really ranjeet whenever I see your discussions i keep wondering..how you manage to get atleast more than 50-60 replies? Have you got some store of selected topics,ha..ha.. I appreciate your creative mind. Good luck!
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@navtech (1776)
• India
18 Jul 07
Dear Ranjeetkolarkar, An individual success is measured not on the items or the scale you mentioned. Success is measured by individual's happy life. That is if a person when he retires he should have his children well educated, settled in life, in a gist he should have a happy family, further-more he should have his own house, and his future life is financially secured. When an individual has the above increditents in life, he, considered tobe leading a successful life. In between, many things would come and go those things are not considered a success in life.
@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
Good topic by the way..... You know what, it is the most common perception to us men to manifest and measure success through achievements in our life... career, business, wealth.. and/or anything that has lifted us to a more great lifestyle. Yes, i've been with that.....and i understand the feelings of wishing and dreaming for it. But sometimes, out of the blue, we need to think that true success is felt when it's through God's will and not ours. Because what is being prayed by us is the realization of His plans for us notwithstanding our own dreams. Success can then be measured by "HOW" far we have journeyed through His chosen road for us, "HOW" much time and resources we have dedicated and spent to people rather than earned, and by knowing and finding yourself "WHO" you are.
@yuanchang (475)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
Well it's not literally measurable for me. As long as feel contented with your life that's success. When you feel everything has fallen into place that's success. When your children had grown to be responsible enough to live on their own that's success.
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• Canada
18 Jul 07
I measure success by how happy a person is. They may not always do things I agree on, but as long as they are happy, not hurting themselves or others, I find them successful. A person is successful if they are doing what is right for them.
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@pamcake (276)
• United States
17 Jul 07
For me..it comes from a little bit of everything wrapped up in one..well..I guess that would just be all over success. For me, being successsful in life would be career, friends, health, money, and the good things I've done to help others or personal success.
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@NeoComp (1321)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I would say by money and also spiritual and intellectual success as well. I would also say maybe finding love could be success, but that is only in 2nd or 3rd place, behind money.
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@gberlin (3836)
17 Jul 07
Success means different things to different people at different times in their life. At one point it may mean money earned or assests acquired. I feel everyone is successful who has a job, a place to live, food to eat and family and friends who love them and care for them. In other words they live a contented life.
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• Philippines
17 Jul 07
for me success cannot be measured by material wealth. if you're happy, have peace of mind and contented then for me you are already successful.