- Success means how happy you are. Success does not imply emptiness despite high attainments. There are many people with great substance and power, yet are not happy. Sir Richard Branson says “Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with … In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.” He is the founder of Virgin Group and he is worth over $55 billion.
- Success means having enduring relationship. Warren Buffet believes that success is a matter of having enduring relationship with people he is opportune to interact with. He says, “I measure success by how many people love me.” He has a net worth of $77.4 Billion.
- Success means liking yourself. Success is a personal trait, arising from self-love of who you are and what you do. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou.
- Success means personal satisfaction. While success is mostly measured by the outcome of the actions of many individuals, only a few people rarely talk about their efforts and input, as it affects success. The famous basketball coach John Wooden said success means “Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable,”
- Success means making an impact on society and leaving behind a legacy. No matter how you define success, two metrics that will make your achievements ordinary or extraordinary are societal impact and legacy. Until an individual has a positive impact on the societal, no one looks their direction as a success model. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft, a man reputed to be the richest man in the world with a net worth of $86 billion said “Warren Buffett has always said the measure [of success] is whether the people close to you are happy and love you…
It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”