Everyone defines success differently. Some people define success by how good a parent they are, while others define success by how well they’re doing in business. For others, success is defined by how much money they’ve earned or how many friends they have. Of course, there’s also the dictionary definition of success: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.
It’s interesting that the dictionary uses termination in the definition because most people consider their success to be ongoing and/or long-term. It’s not something that ends after a project is complete.
Regardless of how success is defined in the dictionary, the most important definition is the one you have of your own success. If you’re not feeling successful, how can you turn things around so you are feeling successful? Maybe it’s getting help with social media or building a client base.
Your definition of success is going to look different when your business is three months old compared to when it’s six months old. It will also look different depending what kind of business you have. Someone selling handmade items is going to define success differently than someone who is selling social media management services.
The key in all of this is to not hinge your success on what other people are doing. Just because the guy next door started his business two months after you did and is already making more money doesn’t make you less successful. It makes you different and that’s okay. Life isn’t a competition, which is completely cliche, but really, it’s true. He’s probably selling an entirely different product than you are, something that might be easier to sell.
Find your own definition of success and make your own path. You’ll feel much more confident in yourself if you’re doing things your way instead of trying to conform to what your competition is doing.
What are some ways you define success?