DailyBlog : Defining Success

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For the sake of blogging and self-exploration and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list.

Today’s Question : How do you define success?

I most definitely think success is subjective, meaning that what you might consider success may be very different than how someone else views it. A lot of people, especially in this country, seem to think that money = success. The more money you have, the more “successful” you are. I personally don’t love that association, although I admit that, for me personally, money is a PART of it.

I am not rich. I am not even wealthy. However, I am comfortable with my finances. I’m sort of a minimalist, I don’t need much to be happy, at least in the way of physical possessions. I have a small home and I don’t buy things I don’t need or at least things I know I won’t find useful. If I do have something I don’t use or need, I give it away to someone who does.
I don’t stress when its time to pay bills because I know I can pay them. I don’t worry about where my next meal is coming from, or if I can maintain the roof over my head. I’m “financially stable.” What’s even better is that my paycheck comes from a job I am passionate about, and that I love.

I guess that’s my answer right there; success means keeping your head above water and not hating whatever you have to do to keep things that way. Success is finding your passion and maintaining your life. Sometimes on a particularly tough day or even a rough patch of months, success is just waking up every morning, or getting yourself out of bed. The definition of success can change depending on your current goals, your current circumstances, and how you change as a person over the years. I feel successful for simply surviving some particularly difficult times in my past, for not giving up, for fighting through those times.


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