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2 How do you know when you are successful?

graphic-6by Una Hearne.

Easy! When you have reached your goal. You got the job / went on holiday / got promoted / have a successful business or whatever. Right?

Well. Maybe.

And then again, maybe not.

It depends on what you personally mean by success.

We have all sorts of notions of what success means – money, houses, cars, lifestyle, achievements, awards and accolades, the lovers, the family, the friends – all that nice stuff.

The feeling of being successful of course comes from inside you. It is the meaning that you personally attach to the stuff or the achievements that makes you feel successful or not. So some people feel successful yet appear to have achieved and owned little. Others have all the stuff and accolades in the world and still don’t feel successful.

If you want to feel successful you have to first know what makes you feel like that. What does success really mean to you? You need to know the truth of this for you when you are setting goals. Too many people have pursued the lifestyle, career and toys they thought meant success only to find they don’t end up feeling successful at all. More like empty, and still not happy.

What really matters to you? What will make you proud of the way you have lived? What truly makes your heart happy? What do you need more of? What do you need less of?

Life takes a good deal of living in my experience. If you are going to put all that effort in, it’s worth putting it into a successful life – one that makes you happy.


  1. Emer Curtis
    22/01/2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Love the blogs – really simple and inspiring.

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