When you think of a successful person, you probably picture someone who’s got millions in the bank, released an international bestseller or wears a suit and is in charge of a multi-national corporation. But when you talk to the people who fit this stereotype, it’s not those achievements that make them feel successful. To give you some perspective, here are 5 different definitions of success from some of the world’s most famous and successful people.
5 different definitions of success
1. Success is happiness – Richard Branson
Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin who’s worth around $5 billion, measures his success according to how happy he is. In a LinkedIn article, he explained how upset he was after selling Virgin Records, even though he had a check for a billion dollars in his pocket.
In Akhil’s story, he describes how the world would be a better place if we all coexisted peacefully. This way everyone would be happy and, in turn, everyone would be successful.
2. Success is making a positive impact – Bill Gates
Worth $86 billion, Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people in the world. But despite his bank account, to him success is all about building strong relationships and making a positive impact on the world. He described how it’s important to make a difference, whether by inventing something, raising children or helping people in need.
Napayshni has a similar definition of success and believes that the world would be a better place if we helped each other with our wealth and power. You can read his story here.
3. Success is changing people’s lives – Barak Obama
Even though he was once one of the most powerful people in the world, Barak Obama doesn’t equate power with success. In 2012 at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama explained how her husband began his successful career by rejecting well-paying jobs in favour of working in troubled neighborhoods where he could change lives.
Alisha also believes that we should love others more and always be ready to help our fellow humans. You can learn more about her here.
4. Success is doing your best – John Wooden
John Wooden, a legendary coach responsible for 620 victories and 10 national titles, is one of the most successful college basketball teacher in history. But his definition of success isn’t anything to do with victory. Instead, he described success as doing all you can to fulfil your potential and do your absolute best.
In her story, Abigail describes how she did her best at work every day to show women can do just as good a job as men.
5. Success is constantly growing – Deepak Chopra
The famous physician and author describes success and constantly growing and developing. In his book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success“, he wrote that in order to be truly successful, you need to be constantly expanding your happiness, setting worthwhile goals and achieving them.
If you need some help setting and achieving your goals, take a look at this post: Goal Setting – How to Set and Accomplish Your Goals.
What are your definitions of success? Share them below and motivate people from all around the world.