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The definition of success surely depends on your own beliefs to a great extent. What is success for you may not be success for me.
For me, I will think of myself as a success in life if my family continues to be happy. I think that the main goal of my life is to help my family have a good life -- one that allows them to be happy people. This does not necessarily mean money. In fact, this is why I have quit working full-time. I now make much less money than I once did. But I think that I am still a success because this allows me to stay home with my kids and help make our family's life easier and happier.
I think that the word "success"will be different for everyone. I think that everyone has specific goals in their lives that they would like to achieve. These goals may be life changing or they may be very simple. When a person achieves these goals, they have achieved success.
The process you go through personally to reach your own definition, I think, is much more important than the definition itself. We often tend to tie "success" to material or monetary wealth, as opposed to raising a family, or contributing to society or to the Earth, or improving ourselves. I find I am continually redefining what constitutes success to me, and it has been a healthy process to do so.
I would have to agree that the definition of success is going to be different for each of us. As someone else has stated there are a lot of different ways to measure success. To some it is in material things, for others it is more intangible or spiritual.
I would define success as an individual's pursuit of and achievement of personal goals. It's not so much about money, status, or material things. It's about the growth and pride we obtain as we work hard to achieve those things we want.
Success is when you reach the point you've always wanted to reach. It does differ for everyone. It usually involves monetary stability and companionship. People want to be provided for and loved, no matter who they are.
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