How Do You Define Success?

Define SuccessToo many people are living their neighbors’ lives. So many amongst us are building our futures based on a definition of success sold to us by society+the media+our peers. That’s fine if you’re consciously choosing to live by those values. But what if – at truth – you have a different set of values. And the success you are currently chasing actually has little to do with what will make you happy when you review your life at the end?

My encouragement is to take 60 minutes over the next few days and rethink what you are investing your mental focus and physical energy on. Are you spending your time on work that matters and personal pursuits that are moving the needle forward? Or are you stuck in the thick of thin things? Being really busy being really busy?

A life is a tragic thing to waste. Yet too many of us – born into the potential to live soaring lives as well as contribute to raising the lives around them – waste our best hours on mindless distractions, needless interruptions and activities that are nothing more than an escape.

I also encourage you to play with the definition of success that has been transforming the lives of those using “The Robin Sharma Success System“, an online 21 day training program. In it, I teach that success isn’t just about making money and climbing the social ladder (the data actually confirms that people making $5 million a year are only incrementally happier than blue collar workers). Sure money matters.

But I invite you to also focus on these dimensions of your life if you’re serious about REAL success:

  • Personal development
  • Family connections
  • Being world-class at your work
  • Having a network of friends who elevate you
  • Creating a phenomenal lifestyle
  • And using your life to make a difference.

That last metric is the key. What’s the point of having success but failing at Significance? Yes, chase your dreams and rise to lofty heights in the world. But please remember: greatness comes from living for a cause larger than you. And leaving our world better than you found it.

In Leadership,

Robin Sharma

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25 Responses to “How Do You Define Success?”

  1. Very true sir……..:)

  2. Rajiv says:

    Very true. One must create his/her values and identity, living and creating own life with a firm goal and pursue it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. anjali says:

    vry true ! Thank u sir.

  5. Glenn Wallis says:

    Great post Robin. If you know how you define success then you know when you are and when you are not being successful. Failure to clarify this means you can only guess whether you have achieved what you interpret success to be as defined by others – hence often feeling dissatisfied. Doing the work you suggest and regularly revisiting it is a very helpful strategy.

  6. Carolyn Wunderlich says:

    YES… I love your post….There is such FREEDOM to living in a personal authentic way…..We have over SEVEN BILLION people now on this planet and they would all have an opinion about how we should live ours lives…. The freedom comes from when we sit down and ponder and execute……LOVE IT !!!!! Thank you for your great work!!!
    I am thankful for finding you and your work = joined up for your 21 Day online Training System…. What a great Thanksgiving Day gift to myself! ……Blessings….

  7. huma arshad says:

    success according to me is another name of feeling motivated,contented,satisfied and happy.If you have achieved your goal but you do not have any one of the above mentioned feelings it means you are not successful ,you have achieved your target but unable to achieve selfsatisfaction.

  8. very truly said sir,
    first getting money,satisfaction and then the above said point….

  9. Hipolito Garroutte says:

    I would like to thank you so much for the job u have done in writing this post. I expect the same top work from u later on too.

  10. Indeed I agree with your post I Love it! One of the most important things I love to hear and read of course is use your life to make a difference, lead by example it is so easy to forget what really matters and our true beliefs by simply things that take our focus away, that we need to try harder and harder to focus on what is important starting like you said robin to have great meaningful relationships with others and of course with our self.
    Thank you very much for you wisdom and support, thank you, all my respect for you Mr. Sharma
    I admire you trying always to be a better person having in mind your ways of leadership and success!

  11. DR DEJI FOLUTILE says:

    Robin Sharma’s writings are powerful tonics for my soul. A billion thanks to you soul brother.

  12. K A NARAYANSWAMY says:

    Your topics are always amazing and thought provoking. I admire your contribution to the world to creat good human beings. I get inspiration from reading your talks and am trying to practise also sharing it with my friends.

  13. hema says:

    Amazing thoughts which change my thoughts process.each day i see in a different way.i have read all your books there are excellent.thank you for everything you have shared your experience with the world .

  14. Sujit says:

    Hello Robin,

    I just started reading your articles and read it again and applying to my daily life.

    Sujit (India)

  15. Champal de Costa says:

    Dear Robin,
    Thank you for sharing your findings. A prominant female banker in Sri Lanka, on her date of retirement, defined “success” only in two perspectives, viz., 1) How one spends last 10 years of his/her life. 2) How good his/her children are. Perhaps the 6 dimensions stated by you cascade down to those two perspectives at last. Regards and whishing you good health – Champal – DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka

  16. Ashima says:

    Dr. Rabin, Thanks for all the tips towards success. . . May Lord Almighty Bless your mind to have more ideas to help us nd have beautiful life as everybody desire. . . Thanks again. Eagerly waiting for the next. :)

  17. Aaron says:

    Success is a tricky definition. We all know what it should be defined as, but yet we have intrinsic variations of what success really is.
    I saw this video a while back, and this guy makes a really interesting point about our society’s need to Redefine Success.
    Pretty interesting, short little video, definitely worth the watch.

  18. John says:

    Thanks for this Robin. I always find your articles very educative, informative and above all inspiring, and easy to follow. Please keep it up, because you indirectly guiding some of us onto the right paths in life.

  19. shadrack-kenya says:

    thank-you robin .you are transforming insights on leadership really inspires me

  20. Eliud Njau says:

    Great tips!
    Keep on the good work Sir! You are changing the lives of many.

  21. rajni says:

    Hi, that’s 5 star way to success.U stir the minds of the millions n help us to b there where we ought 2 b.

    There could’nt have been a better guide .Looking forward for your support always.

  22. emma says:

    am just a young man with greater ambitions nd every day am inspired by ur words i know dat soon i will burst into greatness.only one thing killing pple is ingnorence.

  23. princess says:

    yes, allow that differnce in you to shine. we are not supposed to think the same way,nor to live the same way. most importantly , be yourself.P, EAST AFRICA

  24. Thenn says:

    Hai sir,Iam reading ur articles,books,it gives me energy,power,positive thinking.wonderful sir

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