What is success?

Depak Chopra

The purpose of this site is to provide resources,tools and information to assist readers with their own personal development across a diverse range of areas from spiritual to financial . Can I be a successful investor/parent/student etc. no doubt are questions folks ask themselves on a daily basis. I would like to be a success  and at a guess, the reason you are reading this is that you would like to be also.But what is success? Let us now look at how success is defined, as success has many different meanings to different people.

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Success Definiton

According to the website reference.com, There are 983 million people in the world who speak English, or 13% of the world’s population, according to Ethnologue. I refer to the below as a “generic” definition as the world is made up of so many cultures and languages and it would be a bit naive to say that this is the one and only definition of what success means.

Definition of success in the English Language :
the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame;
the correct or desired result of an attempt;

someone or something that is successful ;

a person or thing that succeeds.

Other interpretations

Apart from a definition in a dictionary, other successful folks have defined success in other different forms. They have described it as below:

Career/work related

  • enjoying your work.
  • success is a grind/hard work ethic;
  • success is about being active and engagement in your chosen profession.


  • self-satisfaction in life;
  • success is a matter of constant growth through life;
  • success is deeply individual,
  • personal happiness
  • success is being relentless and never giving up.
  • living in accordance with your values.

An interesting point to note is that not one person in the above snapshot mentioned money, houses,gold,jewellery etc as we constantly hear about and are bombarded daily with online, in the media and television etc.


The best definition of success that resonates with me is by Henry David Thoreau ( July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Man, I just love those words, they resonate with me because I try and have partially succeeded in living my life by design and not default, just as these words would suggest. I also think that this statement could be applied to any endeavor in life. I look at  life like this.We are all artists at an easel each day painting a picture  of how we want our life to look.I say, paint it how you want it to look!

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3 Comments on “What is success?”

  1. Enjoyed reading your article on “What is Success?”. I certainly agree and believe that success is an attribute of personal happiness & hard work. And success is indeed a matter of constant growth throughout one’s life – if we are learning, then we are succeeding at becoming a much, much better person & that is so fulfilling.

  2. This is an awesome article! So many people label success by the amount of money they have made but truly Henry Thoreau said it best.

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