What Does Being Successful Mean to You?


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“I won’t be happy until I have a million dollar house, another vacation house on the beach, a few mil in the bank so I can travel the world with my wife.”  Then he looked at me and asked, “What does being successful mean to you?”  Tim was serious.  He was the sole proprietor of a landscaping company.  I was his hired hand and five years older than him, a musician making some extra bucks.

He worked hard.  Built his business and had a crew of 10 or more.  Long days mowing 15 yards a day and usually included Saturdays.  Sundays, if it rained too much during the week.  He paid off their starter home and built a much bigger house in an elite area which was close to the million dollar mark.  Along the way, he socked money away, talking about the travels him and his wife were going to have…. once he was successful.  Then, Tim died suddenly, barely 50.  And at that time, in his mind, he wasn’t successful yet.

My Answer

I had answered Tim that day.  I had told him that I was nearly as successful as I wanted to be.  I had two wonderful children, I played music, which was my passion, owned a modest house which although it wasn’t paid for, it wasn’t a hardship, either.  I only had a bit farther to go to be successful.  That was mainly to be able to do what I wanted to do, even if nothing other than going out to eat, without having to look in my billfold or bank account to make sure I could afford it.  At that point, I would feel I was successful.

Two totally  different ideas of what being successful was.  Who was right?  Who was wrong? I don’t think there is an answer for that.  Everyone is different.  Everyone has their own ideas in their head what they want to accomplish in life and where they’d consider themselves “successful”.

What about you?

So, what does it mean to you?  Fine cars?  A huge bankroll?  Your name in lights or at the tip of everyone’s tongue?  Or does it mean a sense of peace with yourself?  Able to enjoy simple things in life without worry.  Nothing huge.  Nothing over the top.  Just be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say “I am the happiest I’ve been in my life and I hope it lasts forever.”

Do you want to work around the clock for most of your life like Tim did to achieve that goal of success and miss everything going on around you.  Or once you’re finally “successful”, you’re too old to be able to enjoy it.  There are better ways to be successful and to be able to enjoy it along the way.  This is very popular with the “new rich” which I will cover at another time.

Work is Involved

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you didn’t plant.  th-57Regardless of what your idea of being successful is, there will be work involved and it won’t come overnight.  This is with any kind of success.  Whether you want to just be happy and enjoy your family and have the simple things in life or if you want a garage of collectible cars and non-stop travel vacations.  Each will take their own level of consistent work and planning to get there.  And each, no matter how simple of a life you want, without worry, will take a little more money.                                                         


One way to get yourself on the right track is to read.  If you talk to any millionaire,  you’ll find that they have read hundreds of books.  You can never learn too much and reading will speed this process up.  You may not know what you want, yet.  But, there are books that can guide you in the right direction for success no matter what that might be.  One book is Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success.  This book doesn’t dictate what you should do to be successful, but instead, it helps you discover what gives your life true meaning.  And it helps you find what gives your life excitement!  To read more in depth about this book go to Books on Being Successful.

My Route

The route I chose to reach my goal of being successful was the internet.  As I grew older, the lure of a less physical work and less strain on my body was quite tempting.  And I found I enjoyed being on the internet and writing.  So, I began researching the different areas of maybe increasing my income to get me closer to my goal.  And finding the correct platform to do this took me a few years, unfortunately.  But, I finally found that there were quite a few choices of earning an income on the internet and their were people who would actually help you.  At no cost, even.

I want to save you the years of searching it took me and point you to the easiest route to reach whatever being successful in your own mind is.

Unconditional Help

th-58Napolean Hill said, “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”  At Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll never find this more true.  There are hundreds of successful people eager to help you achieve your goals.  They will answer any question you may have, share their own experience and help you skip the problems and pitfalls that are out there.  And daily, I see the people that help me become more successful.  In turn, it seems the more I help others there, the more successful I am.  And the fact is, once you’re in the mix of things, YOU will enjoy helping others.

Success?  It Depends on You

I know you’ve thought about what being successful means to you at some point in your life, and if you haven’t, now is the time to figure that out.  And no matter what the answer is to that, there is no doubt in my mind that Wealthy Affiliate can get you to that point.   You have to make the first step.  To read more about this free community and platform click here.  If you’ve heard enough and you are ready to succeed, then go here.  Go get your success!

And I’m always interested in your thoughts or questions, so please don’t hesitate to leave those in the comment section.

Happy blogging!th-6

Recommended reading to help you find your personal success!


22 Replies to “What Does Being Successful Mean to You?”

    1. Lol Yes, Andy, I wrote it all and there will be lots more to come! I’ve always enjoyed writing and I love helping folks find what they are looking for so this is and ideal marriage for me! I can write and help at the same time! Please visit my site often!

  1. I guess the largest success of my life is sitting here with Charlotte after 44 years. Even though I’ve been a ‘real knuckle head’ she has stayed with me. And so many of those years being a musician. Can you believe that? Making no money, with her holding down the fort and financially keeping us in our home and food on the table. Now, that’s success! ‘Grant’ed lol, I had nothing to do with it and it was her and God supporting me all the time. Thankfully, January 5th, 1986, (after my band leaving me 3 months prior ‘which you may well know about’ :o) I met Jesus! Oh, happy day! And what a journey it has been since then….ending up from home in Atlanta to Colorado Springs, CO working in ministry at Focus on the Family, no less! Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are! I apologize for my wordiness.

  2. Great advice, Grant. Identifying success can be overwhelming. Success means something different to most people. I agree it takes hard work! Wealthy Affiliate seems to be a great tool and best of all, it is free unless I decide to upgrade. Thanks for the great blog about success – you’ve made me reevaluate my thoughts on the subject.

  3. Hi Grant,
    I enjoyed reading your post; I have a hard time defining success. What I learn is that to work hard and be content with whatever the outcome might be.

    I feel very happy for joining Wealthy Affiliate. I have also searched for a very long time to find a platform that can teach me about internet business. I joined the community very recently & I am already coming along with my online business.

    I concur with you that there nothing that can compare to Wealthy Affiliate at the moment and your post will help others to find this wonderful product.

    How long have you been a part of WA?

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rahel! Sometimes a person doesn’t know what success is to them until they are actually there and say, “Oh. This is what I’ve been searching for. I’m happy now.” I started, actually, with WA the first of 2015, but, never got sidetracked with life, and didn’t get started with my online business until the start of 2016. I love it. I can’t wait to get up in the mornings and get on the laptop and work on my business.

  4. Hi Grant
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through that little treasure trove of information. Your absolutely spot on that we all measure success in our own little ways.

    Do you read many self help books yourself and do you have an allotted amount of time each week dedicated to reading?

    Thanks for all the great advice

    1. Thanks Tommy! I love to read and have read many books on self help, mindset, positive thinking and in fact in process of rereading the three I suggested in my blog. I think Springboard is my favorite of the three. But, I like Jack Canfield a lot also. He attributes his success with the Chicken Soup for the Soul from positive thinking through The Secret. I tend to read before bed as I feel my mind absorbs what I’ve read as I sleep. I also have audio books I listen to while driving such as The Power of Positive Thinking and Think and Grow Rich. These will never grow old.

  5. That’s great Grant! You’re absolutely right, success is different for each person. There can be monetary success like making a million dollars, career success like attaining a high position, life success like getting married and having children, or self-success like being at peace with yourself. I think in this day and age a lot of people are basing their success on monetary success.

    In fact that is ONE of my successes out of many that I want to achieve. I don’t think about being a millionaire (although that would be nice), I just want enough money so I don’t have to worry financially and I can go traveling the world once in awhile with my wife. Have the freedom to actually enjoy life rather than grinding away trying to make money.

    That’s exactly what Wealthy Affiliate is helping me do right now and I’m glad you’re promoting it. I only started 3 months ago but I already have 3 websites going and already seeing some results and income. Of course it takes a lot of work to get things established but I’m hoping that all that work will pay off in the near future and I’ll have enough financial freedom to quit my full time job and spend more time with family and friends.

    Great article! Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Andy! Yes, I feel success is important in whatever area you choose. I agree with you about the monetary thing. That’s more of the focus these days, but, if you have peace with yourself, that’s a great basis to build the rest of your successes off of. Again, thanks for your input!

  6. I really feel your story. It seems that everyone’s vision of success is a little bit different. My vision of the “good life” use to be money driven. I didn’t care about the process, just wanted to get to the top. I got there, the only problem was I did it all wrong. To have a bunch of money without happiness is a tragedy all in itself. Then, I lost it all.

    I’m doing things differently this time around. It’s all about the process now. I want to enjoy the ride, I want to read books, I Want To Experience! It seems that you’ve got a good thing going here. You’ve covered some important topics here and I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the guidance Grant. It’s content like this that will move the world.

  7. Hi Grant. I loved your article. I was taken aback when you said that the owner of that landscaping company died. (It caught me off guard) but as I read on it all came together nicely and made sense. Success is determined based on each individual’s point of view and it’s too bad Tim didn’t notice it before it was too late. How you expanded your views and shared WA as a viable method towards success was well scripted. I think everyone should take the opportunity, at least, to take a look to see what you are offering them, I know I did and don’t regret it for a second. Again, great article!

  8. I was pointed over to your site a few minutes ago, to me success means having the time to spend with my family and not worry about my finance. Great post

  9. A note worthy blog, and excellent points Grant. I believe as we grow older and wiser, our priorities align with our own interpretation of success. We can’t grow in a vacuum. That in itself applies to most goals in life – In order to grow, mistakes are and expected to be made. Guidance to minimize those mistakes and to turn them into stepping stones are imperative. However much one gives , I’ve seen returned two- fold. Thanks for sharing knowledge, for that is the key to success and tying together individual strengths into a stronger bond .

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