How do you measure success?

@Terri_R (302)
United States
January 22, 2007 7:10am CST
Many people tend to define success based on the money in their bank account, the car they drive, the neighborhood they live in and/or the toys they own. How do you measure success?
5 responses
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
In the capitalist world we live in... there is only one type of success which is recognise... Money... There is another type of success which remain un-recognise because it is a rarity... total happiness. Most people answer this sort of question by saying that their own little personal achievement is their success. Well... they would have to say that as they don't have the money... but they are just trying to make themselve feel better about it. Deep down... they would go for the money if they could.
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@Terri_R (302)
• United States
12 Feb 07
While I agree that pretty much anyone would go for more money, I don't necessarily think that means that is how they measure success. I truly believe that there are people of little financial means that feel a sense of success in their lives.
@geejoy (344)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
Success is dependent on an individual...success is measured based on the priority of a certain individual..if a person wants to measure his/her success through material things...then he/she is bound to be craving for more..if an individual is basing his/her success from being happy with someone he/she loves, then she/he will eventually be successful in life.......
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@Terri_R (302)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Perhaps our priorities change as we gain those things we seek.
@anup12 (4180)
• India
25 Jan 07
I thnik going by today's tend it is the money.The more money you ear the more successfull you are seen to be.Again it varies from person to person.Once you are rich then you think of making fame and if you are famous you are considered to be successfull.I mean the perception changes once you ahve enough money you run for fame.
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@Terri_R (302)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Perhaps that is a sign that money or fame does not necessarily signal success.
@dietrie (20)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I measure success in how happy I am, how happy my family is and how happy I can make other people I am in contact with in my life. I have always felt like I don't need a lot of fancy things to be happy, all I really want is to make the most of my life and the time that I have with my children and family. Everything else above and beyond that is just an extra bonus; nice to have but I could certainly live without it. It's always nice to have extra money and to have some nice things, but at the end of the day, do you kiss your BMW goodnight? Do you snuggle up in bed with your flat screen tv? Do you call your yacht and wish it a happy Mother's Day? We can't take those things with us when we die... so that, to me, says success is measured in intangibles... that which we feel and perceive and not those things that are cold and hard and cannot love us back.
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@Terri_R (302)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I absolutely agree! Too many people are caught up in the material things of life. If they would focus on inward beauty and relationships they would begin to understand what we already know. Thanks for a terrific response!
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
22 Jan 07
i am 28 years old and i belong to an average family (income). but even if i can't have anything i want due to financial restraints, i feel i am successful in many ways. i finished college and passed the licensure exam for pharmacists. i made my parents and brothers proud of me. and i won the heart of my beloved boyfriend. for me, success is when i feel so happy and that i made the people around me happy as well.
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@Terri_R (302)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Great answer! You sound like a very successful individual. May you be blessed as you continue on your journey.