What Does it Mean to Have a Successful Life?

What does it mean to live a fulfilled life? What is the goal in life? For many, the desire is to find peace and pursue happiness. For others, success is the end game.

For instance, social media may mean followers and likes, e-commerce page views and sales, and entrepreneurship might mean revenue and growth. But achievements without purpose have no meaning. We might be living between glitter and shiny objects without someone to enjoy it with or any more goals to achieve. There are many ways to measure success; it often feels like you are on a wild goose chase.

It's essential to find your definition of success and understand what makes you feel happy and fulfilled in life. There are so many different definitions of success, and with so many people who have found their meaning, no one has a simple answer. What does success look like? Some people might see success based on a person's bank account, while others may look to the number of followers you have on social media. But what is important to you?

No matter your definition, it's essential to do things that make you happy so that you don't have any regrets in the future. It's about understanding what is crucial for us and ensuring we're fulfilling those needs accordingly.

It may take some time before we figure out our true meaning of success, but once we do find it, it will be easy for us to work toward achieving it.

For me, success is a complex concept with endless possibilities and meanings. One is the flow of abundance that comes with happiness, fulfillment, and purpose. Success is more than making money; it is about generating opportunities and planning how to enjoy the rewards of a beautiful life. Money is a reward that comes from solving people's problems; it is the energy flowing after setting goals and meeting expectations.

For me, success is the result of your vision, patience, and efforts. The fulfillment reached in life after building a profitable business that brings abundant opportunities. You are successful because there is fulfillment and joy in the things you do.

Success is Intentional

It's also important to remember that success has many facets and doesn't all come together at once. For example, you may work hard and make a lot of money, but it won't feel like a full-fledged success if your relationships or health suffer. But if you focus on the parts of your life that matter most to you and make small changes in those areas, you will find the meaning of success for yourself.

Becoming a successful person is an intentional process that starts with having a vision of what you want in your life. Do you want a successful life? It might sound like an abstract idea, but the definition of success can vary greatly depending on who you ask. It's essential to figure out what success really means to you and then set goals. When setting goals, what are the things you want most: more money, fame, family, and happiness? What is your definition of success?

Success is also about surrounding yourself with the right people. When you intentionally reach out to mentors, network with a purpose, and surround yourself with empowered individuals who are successful and have a similar mindset to you, it becomes easier for you to stay on track, maintain your motivation, and pursue goals.

Success is aiming for harmony, not perfection.

One of the essential parts of success is finding harmony in your life, not perfection. Perfection is impossible to achieve. Even the most well-known female entrepreneurs are not perfect. Perfectionism includes impossibly high standards that can never be reached. When you hit a specific goal with your work and then continue redoing it to "perfect" it, you will likely feel like you are not reaching the standard you set for yourself, which hurts your mental health. It can leave you feeling unsatisfied and unsure of the quality of your work -or make you feel like an impostor-

The truth is that life will throw many unexpected obstacles your way, and you can't let frustrations get the best of you. You need to realize that progress is more important than perfection, and when you do that, your chances for success grow.

Successful female entrepreneurs took baby steps at a time to get where they are today. For example, Brenda Cascio, founder of GB Design House, spent much of her professional time managing her husband's dental practice and sporadically indulging in painting, her real passion. Still, when opportunity knocked at her door, she jumped in and started a "custom design details for events and weddings" with her daughter. Brenda's best advice on success is, "We can come up with dozens of valid reasons why it could possibly not work," "At that point in my career, I decided to step forward and go for it. And if it failed? So what! The freeing part of being over 40 is not really caring what other people think. We measure our own success."

On the other hand, Shelly Goodstein tried many industries before finding her niche at age 49. Still, when she finally had that Eureka moment and founded her company, Hidden Crown Hair, she took baby steps in setting her path. Shelly's best advice on success is, "Do something you love and keep doing it. If you have an idea, just keep working on it, one baby step at a time."

Success is closing the gaps

When you follow your dreams, you are pursuing a goal you wish to achieve but failed or postponed doing so at a particular time in your life. I know the phrase might be more like a bumper sticker on the back of a 1970s VW Van, cliché and overused. Still, it has a strong empowerment connotation that ignites our actions and focuses and guides our efforts.

Dreams visualize our wants, meaning they help us set goals to move in the right direction until they are reached. And here is the tricky part of setting goals to go after our dreams. You need action steps to push you to move forward and get things done because "success lies in the gap between your dreams and reality" (Karthick Shan).

Action Steps

To stop feeling like you are on a wild goose chase, I recommend writing down what success means to you. That way, you will gain clarity about what you value the most in your life and go for it.

  • Set aside a time and place free of distractions.

  • Brainstorm possible answers to these five questions:

1. What do you consider a professional achievement?

2. How do you measure personal happiness?

3. What is financial freedom for you?

4. What are the things that you care about?

5. What brings meaning to your life?

  • Explain how you will feel after achieving those five topics. (confident, empowered, fulfilled, etc.)

  • Describe the type of lifestyle that would get you closer to your goals.

  • Now that you have a clearer picture of what success means to you, ask yourself:

  1. What obstacles prevented you from achieving the lifestyle you want?

  2. What action steps can you take to help you move forward to your definition of success?

  • Describe what success means to you.

Remember that success is an intentional process. Identifying what success means is a self-discovery exercise that will help you start a small business while raising a family. Although you might not have found THE ultimate answer, this exercise is a decisive first step.

Book Recommendations

  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.

  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

  • Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist.

  • Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran.

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

  • Nice Girls Don't Get Rich by Lois P. Frankel.

  • Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny.

  • Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup.

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