Success means different things to different people...

United States
August 15, 2009 9:03pm CST
What one considers as successful varies a great deal from one person to another. For some it means a good career, or earning a lot of money, or being famous in some way. For others it means living a happy life of their own choosing. What are your personal ideas on what success means? Do you consider yourself successful? Thank you in advance for all responses. Karen
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@dpk262006 (53689)
• Delhi, India
16 Aug 09
Hi Karen! You are right everyone one has different meaning of 'success'. For many, it is power, money or fame. Some of the people do not feel happy, even after abundance of wealth. There is no end to greed, but one needs to make a full stop at some point of time. I think the one who feels contended with whatever he has achieved in his life, should be termed as a successful person. I consider myself a successful person because me and my better half have 'secured' jobs, we earn substantial amount to sustain our life. Also, we are blessed with a son and a daughter ( a complete family) and we live in our own house and able to run the show without any glitches.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
Hello my friend. Yes, the definitions of success number as many as the population of our big beautiful world. Greed and wealth never automatically equal success. I am glad that you feel as you do. I am also happy to know that in your eyes and the eyes of many others, I am sure, that you are content to have created for yourself a successful life :) Karen
@dpk262006 (53689)
• Delhi, India
17 Aug 09
Thinking at this point that I remained unsuccessful, will not help
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• United States
21 Aug 09
LOL, you are so right!
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I think i am succesful, i have raised two sons by myself, own my home, car is paid off & i'm still kicking after having some serious health problems. don't have alot of money but i am surviving so that's good. alot of people wouldn't think they were sucessful if they lived my life style but i feel very blessed.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
Hello Antiquelady. I should say that against many hardships, you are indeed a success. It's never easy raising children alone and getting or keeping ourselves out of debt. And health problems do creep up, so God bless you for being such a fine and courageous person. I admire your outlook Karen
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
16 Aug 09
tHANK you for the kind words. Life is what u make it. Happiness is a stae of mind, i think.It's for sure money can't buy happiness. U can look around at rich people & see how unhappy some of them are. I'm just very proud i have what i have. Happy sunday to u.
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• United States
21 Aug 09
You are so right, my friend. A very wise quote from Abraham Lincoln, who at one point suffered bouts of depression: Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. You echo that perfectly.
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@mickly08 (770)
• China
16 Aug 09
Success is different from one to another .Someone set a small goal for themselves ,while others have a big goal.No matter the goal is small or big ,If they realize their goal ,it means a success for them.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
Hi Mickly. You make a good point. The defination of success does vary, depending on what one wants to achieve and who they end up being in life. I hope that you have reached your goals so far so as to feel like you've succeeded. Karen
• United States
16 Aug 09
Me again lol. I meant to ask, do you personally feel that you've reached your goals so far as to feel successful in the here and now?
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
23 Sep 09
Hey, Yes success for many people out their is different for every single person that lives out their in this world. Some people think that having money will make them succeed, while others think differently. Make sure you have a good day, God bless and Happy Lotting!!
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• United States
25 Sep 09
Good morning. You are right. To some success is ALL about money, and yet so many wealthy or famous people seem troubled anyway. That tells us money alone does not equal success. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Karen
@Informer (803)
• India
26 Aug 09
HI Friend, For me success is mantle satisfaction. When you feel satisfied after doing something or achieving something then you are successful. IT can be anything, a good job, a huge amount of money or just making a cup of tea...any thing
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• United States
26 Aug 09
Hello Informer. You make a lot of sense. Success comes in individuals packages, so to speak, and with enough of those, I imagine one feels an over-all sense of satisfaction. It varies from person to person. I can feel like a success in one area, and a failure in another, for instance. Thank you for you response. Karen
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
25 Aug 09
For me being successful is having a good marriage, a good place to live, having my family near me and being content with what I have. I've never wanted the mansions, tons of money, exotic vacations and all that...it just seems like a waste. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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• United States
26 Aug 09
I am with you on that, Twoey. The most precious things in this life...home, faith, love, family, friends, good health...no mansion or diamonds or billions can compare with that. Your idea of success is a beautiful thing, and I thank you for sharing it. Karen
• United States
21 Aug 09
I think it would be best to consider success from a societal perspective. To put it succinctly, success is achieved when an individual contributes to and improves society more than he or she receives from it. According to this def, I don't believe I am successful as of now, but I hope to be in the future!
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• United States
21 Aug 09
Hi Duncan. Giving back and giving more is a wonderful way to succeed in one area of our lives. I think we each have more than just a few successes. Indeed, we can have many. I appreciate your insight here, and I hope the weekend ahead will be fun and relaxing for you. Karen
• United States
20 Aug 09
Hi Karen.....I believe that one is successful as long as they have met all the goals they set for themselves. As for me..I believe my life was very successful, not in monetary value but in love and having my children. A parent can always say they have been successful if their children have remembered the values they were taught as children and have started instilling these values in their own children. You cannot always measure success by how much you have in life, but what you have done with what you were given. flutterby
• United States
21 Aug 09
Hello Flutter. If we were to measure success by money alone, that would be a great injustice to all our blessings and successes that no amount of money could buy. I agree, that each time we meet a goal, it is yet one more success. And I love love love that last sentence. So true! Karen
@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
16 Aug 09
I don't consider myself succesful now, only partial successful as I'm not yet able to do what I want to do and achieve. I have a list of things that I want to achieve, and I work hard toward it. It not easy, but I will try. But I'm thankful for where I am now. I have a stable job and now I able to pay my loan without depending on my parents, a friend who trust me and a loving family. I'm afraid once I said I'm successful, I stop working and satisfy with what I have, so I prefer to say, I'm thankful for where I am now, and looking forward to do more. Happy Mylotting
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• United States
16 Aug 09
Hi Ucue. I feel that we can see ourself successeful in one area, but still reaching for success in another, as you've pointed out. The whole story is not told until we reach an older age. Being thankful for where one is now is a beautiful thing. I appreciate your insights :) Karen
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
For me success does not mean having a lot of money or a high position in society. I consider a person successful if he is doing what he loves to do and he is happy and contented with his life. If he is able to reach his goals for himself and his family, that is success.
• United States
16 Aug 09
Hi Giada. I absolutely agree. If we all measured success by money alone, shoot, most of us wouldn't have a chance lol. Like you, I feel that if we live up to "who" we are and live a life that gives us a sense of contentment and having met our goals, then we've succeeded. Karen
• Canada
16 Aug 09
I think success means acheiving your dreams and accomplishing your goals. I think I'm successful, I finished high school and I'm going to University.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
Hello Mariama. For one so young, yes indeed, you are successful in pursuing a great education. This will lead to many other successes in your life. Pursuing our dreams and accomplishing goals we set for ourselves has a lot to do with how successful we feel. I wish you continued good luck! Karen
@oplopez81 (158)
• Philippines
4 Aug 10
Just a thought.....success is relative and depends on one's frame of mind. I consider somebody successful if he has somebody to share his success with otherwise all those things he has successfully done are all in vain.
@besthope44 (12146)
• India
8 Jul 10
Well success is not in 100% or numbers, its all in the satisfaction of your effort and giving a good fight.