There is a common misconception out there that wealth = success. In today’s capitalistic society, we often measure our success and self-worth by our assets and income. Those that have the fancy BMW are somehow perceived as more successful than those with a Honda Accord. It is an easy trap to get into. Monetary value is the easiest thing to calculate…but…it only shows the face value of someone’s life. Unfortunately, true success is not measured by a dollar value. True success is defined by the individual as they go through life looking, searching and bleeding for the happiest and healthiest way to take each waking step.

What Is Real Success?

Most people would be surprised how “rich” some people really are. With a society that condones being debt loaded to the tilt, many of these perceived successful people are really a stack of cards ready to fall with the slightest bit of breeze or unexpected event. So the real question becomes…what do I consider successful? Here are my notes on success.

  • Real success has nothing to do with monetary value…rather the quality of life you create for yourself.
  • Living a happy and healthy life is much more important than the big house.
  • Spending time with friends and family will bring you more rewards than a physical object.
  • Sometimes less is more.
  • There will always be something bigger, better and different.
  • The key to happiness is enjoying what you have instead of worrying about what you don’t.
  • Helping others is the key to long-term success both professionally and in life.
  • Some of the most successful people in life…are actually some of the poorest.
  • Life is about experiences…not material possessions.
  • Money makes things easier…but not happier. True happiness is found within.
  • Sometimes the best things in life take the largest sacrifices.
  • Nothing good comes without work.
  • Those that constantly stick their hand out looking for something for free…will always have their hand out.
  • You can measure some people life success by how often they smile in a day.
  • Real success has no room for large egos.
  • Each person’s definition of success in their own life is completely different and can not be defined or measured by another.
  • Those that measure the success of others, typically forget to measure themselves.
  • Having material possessions is not a bad thing…measuring your life by them is.
  • You need to define what you consider success before you can achieve it.

As you can see by my notes…success is a complicated beast that is not measured by what you have…but how you live.