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Meaning of Success

Updated on October 23, 2014

Meaning of Success


So many people today are still in this error of what success is. Having a lot of money, houses, cars, etc, is a

good thing but it is just an aspect of success. You can have all the above mentioned items and more but

you are not close to being successful. On the other side, you may not even have a dime in your bank

account and yet you are successful.

What then is Success?


The Encarta Dictionary defines success as, “The achievement of something planned or attempted”.


From this definition we can infer that for you to be successful, you must attempt (to do) something.

So many people go through life without really having a

blueprint of what they want, what they want to achieve. Some people think that their lives are on autopilot

and so they have no control whatsoever over what happens to and around them. Some believe God or

some ‘super invincible power’ controls their lives and so they ‘just live’ because they can do nothing to

change their status quo. This school of thought is not correct and little wonder why these people keep

going round circles and end up their lives miserably. You need to diverge from such because it leads only to

an unfulfilled life of regrets.


Brian Tracy defined success as goals. He said, “Success is Goals and all else is commentary”.


Success can thus be said to be “the achievement of your goals”. In other words, if you don’t

have a goal or a target, you may never be successful. What will you use as a criterion to measure ‘your

success’? Every human being is different and unique, so are our needs and desires. What is it that you

desire? What is that thing that you want to achieve? What goals have you set for yourself?


Success means different things to different people and so you must define “your own success”. To some

people, success means having a lot of money. To others, a good marriage, to another group, is attaining

academic excellence, the list can go on. Some people feel successful only when they put through a

business deal; it’s not just the money but the feeling that their tactics won out. There are yet others who

only feel successful when they do something with their hands; painting, drawing, knitting, etc.


You need to ask yourself what it is you want to achieve. What it is that will make you feel most joyous, most

alive? Often times, people are so conscious of what others expect of them, what others will like them to

think or do. They even go extra miles to pattern their lives according to some other people. Like the movie

stars, Musicians, Models, etc. these people see themselves as not successful because they are not famous

movie stars, musicians or models. The biggest mistake you can make is to make someone else’s success or

achievement your target. He is an entirely different person from you; his passion is different from yours,

what makes him feel most joyous, most alive is different from yours. Trying to be like some famous star

only leads to frustration and an unfulfilled life. It can only make you a number two (2) when you are

designed to be the number one (1).


Forget all that fuss and think for yourself. Only you can know your meaning of success. Only you can

achieve that which you were destined for. Believe in yourself and you will succeed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

said, “Self Trust is the first secret of Success”. You must learn to believe in yourself irrespective of what

others think or say about you. You don’t need their approval to be successful …

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