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Do You Know How Success Is Measured? Here’s How.

If someone were to ask you how success is measured, what would be your answer?

So now that you know what success means to you right now, let’s look at various definitions of success.

What is success?

How success is measured

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, success is:

“Favorable or desired outcome, the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence.”

Now let’s see what other learned people have to say about it:

“The definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day.”

Mark Cuban, billionaire investor

“I measure success by how many people love me.”

Warren Buffet, billionaire investor

“It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft cofounder

“I like to be involved in things that change the world.”

Elon Musk

Try to look for one common thing among these. Do you see anyone of these highly intellectual people say that success is how much money is in their bank account?

Or how big theie company is? Or how many cars do they have?

I don’t.

We, consciously or subconsciously, believe that we are not successful if we don’t have a million dollars in our bank account.

Maybe that’s what we were taught growing up. Maybe our schools taught us that this is how success is measured.

This is so crazily wired in our brains that it’s really difficult to get this so called definition of success get out of our heads.

There are two kinds of factors as to how success is measured- External and internal.

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How success is measured- External factors

1. Wealth

The most common way how success is measured is wealth aka money.

This is a factor that society has engraved in our minds that the more money you make, the more successful you will be.

And even I, subconsciously, fall prey to this one factor.

First of all, IT’S NOT TRUE. We will see why and how.

Yes, it could be one of the factors but in no way is the only factor for defining success.

If you are someone whose purpose in life is to make tons of money and if that brings you immense happiness, then cool, go for it.

But if you are not that person, then don’t let this factor decide whether you are successful in life or not.

2. Fame

With the rise of social media, fame has become a very important factor as to how success is measured.

It’s impacting teenagers in a wrong way. They think the more followers on Instagram or tiktok you have, the more successful you are.

Fame and wealth generally go hand in hand, not always although.

For example, Mahatma Gandhi, is hugely popular because of the movements that he led and his ideologies, but wasn’t really wealthy.

This is just one example. Would you say he was successful? Think about this. You would see your definition of success changing for yourself.

Commonly, these are the two external factors that define whether one is successful or not.

Now let’s come to the internal factors, which in my opinion are much more important but sadly much less common.

How success is measured- internal factors

1. Happiness

Are you happy at what you do? Is that money giving you the happiness you crave for?

If yes, then good for you. But it’s generally seen that those materialistic possessions bring you happiness just for a few moments.

After that they are just things that you spent your money, time and energy on.

For me, being successful means being happy.

If you are happy in doing a charity work, even if it doesn’t bring you a lot of money, then call yourself successful.

If achieving your goals, no matter how little they are, makes you happy, then call yourself successful.

As Maya Angelou said,

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

These internal factors vary from person to person.

My definion of happy does not necessarily have to be your definition of happy. It is possible that you don’t want to measure success in terms of happiness and it’s totally fine.

The idea is to find your own way as to how success is measured.

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2. Passion or purpose

Although these two terms could have entirely different meanings to different people but just for the sake of giving you an idea, let’s consider it as one factor.

Many people, including the great entrepreneurs whose definitions of success we looked at, takes purpose as one of greatest factors as a success parameter.

There is a reason each one of us is living on this Earth. And a very of few of us are able to find that reason or purpose.

I’m not saying your purpose has to be something extravagant but there should be one.

It could range from serving others to serving yourself. Whatever makes you fulfilled or satisfied.

A lot of entrepreneurs feel their purpose in life is to bring a change in the world to make it a better place to live in. That’s how they measure their success.

To me also, this is one of the most important way of how I like to define success.

I believe,

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

The Monk who Sold His Ferrari

I will call myself successful once I fulfill my purpose. Would you?

These are the two most common internal factors as how success is measured. Happiness is many a times exchanged with peace, calmness etc. But in general, you get the gist.

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True measure of success

The so called parameters of success as defined by the society or the people that surround you are flawed. They should not be taken into account.

To measure if you are successful or not, create your own ruler. Define your own terms as to what would make you feel successful.

As I said before, if doing a charity work irrespective of the money you make through it, makes you feel successful and happy, then be it.

You are the master of your own life. So don’t let anyone else decide how your success should be measured.

Even if you want to compete, compete with yourself. See what position were you in a year ago and the position you are in now, if it’s even a little better, congratulations! You are in the right direction.

So from today, define your own success.