The meaning of success

May 28, 2021by Shirley Palmer0

How do you measure success?

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan

Success can mean many different things to people. Often success is measured by material wealth. We pitch ourselves against our fellow human beings with a lot of base ideals. This can make us very unhappy as we endeavour to keep moving further up the tree, bigger job, bigger salary, bigger car, bigger house, keeping up with the Jones and even more responsibilities. Even when we start to collect all the things that we think will make us happy it can leave many feeling very unfulfilled.

So have a real think, deep down about what would make you happy. Imagine being able to start over again.

  • What would you do?
  • How would you do it differently?
  • What made you take this journey in the first place?
  • What career or business sector would you choose?
  • With the knowledge and wisdom of today what might be altered?

Perhaps instead of spending so much time and money, even effort, on friends, things or experiences that are unrewarding, start to look at how you could change your life to make you feel excited about it and your own true success.

Achievement and failure are something that we all use to measure our own success. Often, we set our sights on things that we want but are not willing to embrace and experience the process, so we stop striving and ultimately fail.

I believe one of the big problems with success is that we externalise it too much, we need to shift the focus internally and explore more. We are all unique and as soon as we realise that it is not necessary to compete with others for our own happiness the happier, we will be.

Look within and enhance your own essence, find your purpose, and allow yourself to truly feel fulfilled. Isn’t it time for you to step up and be in control of your own destiny rather than what your parent’s wants, your partner wants and/or what your boss wants?

  • What inspires you?
  • What makes you get up in the morning?
  • Where do your passions lie?

We are also all too needy of a quick fix – where did this come from and why? Take a step back and see the benefit of drinking in the experience, enjoying the journey and playing the long game. In time the sense of achievement and direction will foster itself.

Allow yourself the creative space to truly see what makes you tick, feel excited and giving you the adrenaline rush of life. I am sure it isn’t a paycheck at the end of the month. When you strive for something and still feel that something is missing, it is time to listen to yourself – your honest desires may hold the key to your ultimate happiness.

Thinking about your own definition of success? Still in need of some added advice and guidance – then book in a Genius Zone Consult to discover what your current challenges are and explore how I can support you in solving those challenges.


Lastly, be honest with yourself, be proud of who you are and be happy for others. I wish you every success. Choose well – you have one life – will it matter?

Shirley Palmer

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