Define Success: What does it Look like To You?

Image of a Keyboard and key to success

We all want it

We all need it

But what does it look like to you?

What does it feel like to you?

Success I mean,

Is it a big house in the hills or something more profound?

Is it being able to travel around the world whenever and however you want?

Is it being able to spend as much time as you want with your friends and family?

Is it being able to take off from work for months at a time or have an automated income stream?

Or is it being defined by what you see on television?

I know you know you want to be successful, but if you’ve never sat down to think about what that REALLY means to you then you’re going to be chasing a ghost all your life.

Define Success then Redefine Success

Since you were a child, you’ve been told exactly what it means to “make it”. Go to college, get a job, settle down, get married, and have two or three children.

I hate to say it, but the world has changed. People no longer aspire to being employed for forty-five years, retiring, and collecting social security for the rest of their lives.

Books like the four-hour workweek have opened the eyes of an entire generation.

You don’t have to have a million dollars to live like a millionaire.

Hell, you don’t even need a six-figure salary, all you need is income independent of your time.

Take a moment to sit down and have a heart to heart with yourself.

I do it all the time.

Does success really mean you have a six or seven figure salary?

I want to challenge you.

Instead of watching TV and aspiring to be like the rock stars and musicians, define success for yourself.

Get out a pen and paper and think about the things you truly need or want in order to live a successful life. I’m not talking about your goals, I’m talking about the lifestyle you want to live.

Write them all down, everything.

Now, look at your list and ask yourself, “do I need all of this before I’ll consider myself really successful or am I just following what society has beaten into my brain with really awesome advertising?”

Now, start eliminating.

That Mercedes isn’t really necessary to be successful. I know a lot of people that you and I would both consider extremely successful that don’t even own a car.

That mansion isn’t really necessary. When you’re traveling the world and actually living your life, an apartment to lay your head is more than enough to keep you happy.

Status is highly subjective, You can be a king in South America but considered a savage on Wall Street, is status something you really want to aspire to?

My own definition of Success

I’m kind of old-fashioned, but to me, being successful is being able to . It’s not about how much money I can amass because when I die, I can’t take it with me.

It’s about being able to attend my friends wedding in Brazil, it’s about being welcome when I land in Australia, it’s about being lost in the mountains of Tibet.

What I’m trying to say is that, to me, success is the sum of experiences I get out of life.

It’s not tied to a dollar amount, material possessions, or status.

It’s tied to how many people I can interact with, how many people I can impact, and how many people remember me when I’m gone.

So I ask you Again, What Does Success Look Like to You?

DNdukwu on his computer

Let me know in the comments.


  • Thanks for sharing your vision of success Daniel. I define success by the number of people I help to stay healthy and fit. I don’t watch a lot of television I don’t like all of the negativity. My husband likes to watch the news mainly the weather he works outside so he likes to know if it is going to rain or not, can’t say I blame him.

  • This is a very thought provoking subject, Daniel! Now that I have won my own freedom, my definition of success is helping 100 families achieve financial freedom each year!

  • Success to me me is feeling fulfilled and happy knowing l helped.

  • Love this Daniel! It’s funny how people get caught up with thinking that they need to have so many materialistic things to be successful. To me, the fact that I’m alive and breathing, I have a beautiful family and I get to work around them is success! The money is a bonus 🙂 And don’t get me wrong, I love money and I work to get more of it… But I’m no longer allowing money in itself to define my success.
    Thanks for such an awesome share!

  • great post Daniel you are so right success is not about being a millionaire…it’s certainly is about you and what your definition of success is…like working 2-3 hours a day for yourself and being able to spend the rest of the time enjoying your life, traveling, and doing the things you want… awesome thanks for sharing

    • 2-3 hours of work a day is something like the new American dream. Everybody is tired of working 12 hour days and then having to retire without so much as a thank you note. The new rich is something that all of us should strive for and eventually achieve. The world will be an interesting place then.

  • Powerful insight Daniel. Defining success is really understanding what you want. And your post brings a wonderful reminder of that. Success for me isn’t necessarily the material things but instead the freedom that it creates and allowing me and my husband to help more people to realize their true freedom true. Thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts and awareness.

    • Daniel ndukwu /

      Anytime. As long as you know. I mean really know what success means to you then you’re on the right track

  • Great post Daniel my definition of success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. This comes from Earl Nightingale and it resonates with me. Cheers!

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