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What does Success Look Like ? Part 1

Updated on February 28, 2012
The Measure of Success
The Measure of Success

Hello there.

I wasn't sure just where I wanted this hub to be as far as a category or place honestly, but I did know that I wanted to start off using a picture that wasn't too serious for this first article, and this may be a series of 3-5 articles about Success and how we define it, but I guess I should start from the beginning and explain where this topic came from for me and why I thought that it made for something that I wanted to delve into.

This past weekend I was talking with a friend on Facebook and we were kidding around about a few different things and my friend mentioned taking a short vacation, and while we were talking I mentioned something about his success.

My friend isn' one of those people who flaunts their achievements and my friend said this to me in regard to his outlook on his accomplishments to date...

I don't like to use the word "success". Success is an end-game thing, it sounds too absolute and final. I like to think that I just have a series of good days. Yesterday was good, today as good, we'll see what happens tomorrow.

I myself have never been one to measure success too much because honestly, I just never had to take a look at success in any measurable way for any real reason.

But this year is a bit different for me.

This year I want to measure the success of my business KeyWords Media, a business that I started more through necessity than anything else after I lost my job back at the end of 2010. I don't want to get into the goals for my business in this hub, but I want to explore how we look at success, and I'm hoping for a lot of reader comments on this because I know that in the world we all live on right now, success is definitely going to be defined differently from one individual to the next.

So, let's start out with the actual definition of the word "Success" as defined in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary...

1:obsolete : outcome, result

2:a : degree or measure of succeeding b : favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
3: one that succeeds

Okay so that's the basic definition and when used in a sentence it reads like this...

  1. Success came easily to him.
  2. She is country music's most recent success.
  3. The growth of the tourism industry is one of the city's great successes.

So there you have it success defined and used in a sentence, but those definitions seem too narrow to me, almost too defined for my liking. In my case I might measure success in a whole different way.
In my case I can easily measure success as being able to wake up to another day, and I say this because back in 08, I didn't think I was going to be around much less be here writing this article for people to read., much less be anywhere.
Here are a few other ways that I could measure success:

  1. A new client to write copy for
  2. Making another mortgage payment
  3. Working with a non-profit
  4. Celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary
  5. Enjoying my 55th birthday

Okay, so there are 5 things that I thought of right off the top of my head with it's ever thinning hairline-yes, levity at my own expense!

So this was my opening salvo and yes there will be a part two in this series on Success so stay tuned.

Lew Newmark is the owner of KeyWords Media, an online web content company where I take the time to write High Caliber web content for business site and blogs.


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      animekid 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hello there tobusiness!

      Thanks for the comment left here. Yeah, with a cigar the little guy could certainly look like Churchill.

      I just thought that this was a topic worth looking at, especially in my case where I'm trying to grow my writing business and see how it progresses, and the fact that each individual will have a different take on what success means to them certainly is reason to stir the pot so to speak.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Success is a difficult subject to define, it means something different to everyone. For some, getting out of bed in the morning is a major success. love the image, give the boy a cigar and call him Winston