What comprises success? What does it look like and how can we measure it?
Is it by turnover, net worth, bonuses and salary? Status, title and holidays? Or possessions like jewellery, clothes and cars?
These things matter. And they are easily measured, quantifiable and simple to set as tangible targets.
But, while a beautiful new dress will make me smile, feel good and a bit successful, in truth it’s momentary.
So, the question I ponder: is success more than just the possessions and materialistic goods that money can afford?
Well, for me, it’s about being malleable with office hours; having the freedom to start work a little later in the morning in the knowledge I’ll quite happily work until past midnight to meet deadlines and deliver results.
It’s about being able to write in the garden on a sunny day, working on the beach when I’m enjoying a break with family, working barefoot with music (loudly) playing enjoying endless cups of coffee, or joining business friends and clients for meetings to get creative and share ideas.
Equally, it’s to believe in my clients and the businesses I represent and deliver the results they require. Certainly, when I receive their recommendations, referrals and testimonials there’s no better feeling of success.
But how do you measure what are often classed as ‘lifestyle perks’? Are they indicators of success? Whichever way you look at it, in my opinion, success is inextricably linked with wellbeing, happiness and lifestyle.
I know one thing. These things do contribute to my overall wellbeing and there’s nothing more important to me than preserving that.
After all, we need to be functioning and stable human-beings in order to run fruitful businesses and lives, which can then be classed as successful.
Quite simply, for me, success is doing what I love and loving what I do.
How do you rate success? I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts.