How do you define success?

successMoney and Power – the traditional methods of measuring success, right? Including the additional aspect of well-being to the measurement mix was the topic of conversation at  The Third Metric last Thursday in New York. The first ever conference focused on a series of discussions that tackled refining success beyond money and power. Such discussion centered around proposing a new metric of success, one that focuses on personal passion, fulfillment, and life balance.  While I didn’t attend this conference, I have devoured the recaps and highlights from many of our current influenceres. success 3

After  reading about this conference, I am intrigued by the questions of what is success and how do we define it? Personal success comes in many different forms and your concept of being successful might not be the same as mine. And how do we measure said success?

1. Is it a number? You can measure success by the number on the scale or the bottom line figure or the number in your banking acccount.  Society tends to put a lot of value on the financial number as a metric of success but not happiness. And wouldn’t success include happiness? Mine would – but maybe not yours?

success 52. Is it a feeling? The feeling of a job well done or the feeling of satisfaction or the feeling of approval from others can be strong motivators. Our internal compass dictates right from wrong and good from bad. Wouldn’t aspects of success equal the way you feel inside following an accomplishment?

3. Is it fullfillment? Accomplishment of a particular goal or following a life long dream can bring fulfillment.  Also following your faith or helping mankind create fulfillment and happingess in some. The ability to give  and help others is a powerful motivator.success 6

4. Is it power? Can you measure success by the power to  influence others, the power to achieve or to sway others to your agenda. The climb  to the C-Suite can be alluring!

A successful life is so subjective.  My take is that to be successful, you need to first know what makes your soul sing. success 2Not only your passion but the way to express that passion in the world. Never mind what success means to anyone else, what does it mean to you? To be surrounded by a happy family and strong relationships may define your success yet envisioning a path to the top may set another person on fire.  So, how do you define success in your life?


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  1. successnotsabotage on June 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Natalie. LOVED this post. You have brought up some beautiful thoughts. Significance comes from within first. You really can’t be successful and enjoy it in a fulfilling way if you don’t feel significant to God the father first!

  2. Tim Villegas (@think_inclusive) on June 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    This brings up some great points. I would say that success is more of a feeling than anything else… perhaps contentment or satisfaction would be the closest thing to it… but it is not a static thing. It is a process. We continually are experiencing success…and frankly failure.

  3. Ali on June 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Such great points for us to consider not only for our personal growth, but also as others chase their own success. It’s important to remember that each of your friends and family members will be seeking a different definition of success than you. Do not judge other’s success, simply be happy in your own.

  4. Courtney Abrams on June 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    success if satisfaction with your life. I used to live in NYC, the hubs and I made lots of money, had great jobs. we were miserable. we left, he went to grad school, had kids. life is really different now with student loans and life worries. couldn’t be happier or feel more successful.

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