Success is a word that appeals to everyone. It is defined by the dictionary as an outcome that is favorable or desired. But what accurately defines success? Is it wealth? Social status? Power? Health? Family? Physical pleasures? Here is a question that is in the hearts and minds of many people, young and old alike: Will you ever achieve true and lasting success?

Marlon Wayans says that “Success is not a destination. It is the road that you are on.” This means that success more than getting something by working hard towards it until you get there. He continues, “Being successful means that you are working hard and walking your walk every day.” More than a destination, the picture of success is right where you are. It is about living your dream.


On Possessions, Financial Gain or Wealth

A lot of people believe that money is the key to everything. They deem that one is considered successful when he or she is making a lot of money or when they own a lot of material things. Does this mean that the world’s tycoons and wealthy celebrities are the most successful people on the planet? If your net worth is only $10,000, does it mean you are not successful?

You need to understand that while wealth may give you a comfortable life, it does not always guarantee happiness, peace of mind and security. If you are not a good steward, riches may be a temporary pleasure.

Moreover, reaching financial success is not always as easy as it sounds. Obtaining and maintaining wealth is a tough job. For example, you may be an investor and find that your stock investments climb up in price one day only to have them plummet down the next. More often than not, possessing material things do not satisfy your craving for pleasure but rather boosts it all the more. The more you have, the more you want and the desire never stops. It is much like technology – there is always a new thing and the previous one becomes outdated or obsolete. If you consider possessions as success, then you will always find yourself running after it to gain it. It will be a never-ending journey that has no finish line.


On Status, Power and Pleasures

In a world where people are in a rat race to climb up the corporate ladder at the expense of others, status, power and position become top goals. Does reaching the top make you successful? The feeling of superiority – through the possession of intellectual prowess – is also seen as a measure of success. However, knowledge can puff up and become a vanity if it is not used properly. Still, other people measure success in terms of fulfilling physical pleasures. Substance abuse, sexual licentiousness and other physical stimulations are being sought after because people equate these things with status which is relevant to success.


Truest Definition of Success

The truest definition of success is happiness. One can be rich and popular, but if he is not happy and enjoying himself, then he is not successful. There is no point in having all the money in the world and being the most well-known individual if you cannot take pleasure in what you possess. On the other hand, if one is lacking but he is content, joyful and enjoying himself, then he is a picture of success.

Business success and position does not guarantee happiness. If you have a lot of money in your bank account and you also have a lot of sicknesses in your body, then you cannot be considered successful. Some people regard themselves as successful when they get a husband or a wife. You need to understand that success is not measured by getting a trophy spouse. It is not about status or fame. When you pursue people, it is about building relationships and making them last.

One important thing to consider is that a person is more likely to become rich when he is happy with what he is presently doing. This means that you are living life and not simply surviving. You are thinking about your happiness and everything you do is towards that goal. You can be rich yet miserable and poor yet happy.


Passion and Purpose

When you use the natural resources and the gifts and talents that you possess to your full advantage, then you are the picture of success. If, on the other hand, you use your possessions to make you happy, then you will find that life is not lived in vain and you are not grasping at the winds. Your goal should be to gain wealth and use it to enjoy life. Possessions will produce nothing of lasting value if it is not used right. But if you use it to leave a legacy, then your life is not meaningless. A lot of businesses start with this goal in mind: to make a difference. They make products that will make people’s lives better and make the world a better place. But along the way, they lose their sense of purpose and just focus on capitalism and financial gain. One of the measures of success is serving to give. Success can be defined as finding the satisfaction of giving more than what you gain. If you are doing something that makes you happy, chances are great that you will excel more and earn more. Passion is a fuel to determination. And determination is a vital key to success.


What Does It Take To Get Rich

Everyone wants to be rich and happy. A good way to get on the road to riches is starting from a position of being happy. Be happy with who you are, what you have, what you are doing and why you are doing something.  The secret to success lies in continuing to grow in every area of your life – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and financial.

If you are working towards possessing money, status and pleasures so that you will be called successful, then something will always be missing.

For instance, you can make a lot of money with your job and enjoy a lot of perks. You can be at the top of the corporate ladder and have no time for your family. You may spend long hours at work and earn huge paychecks only to find that you have lost your loved ones. Other people may look at you and say you are the picture of success, but you may be empty inside because you do not have meaningful relationships.

Or it can be that you are enjoying a high-paying job as an executive but deep in your heart you know that it is your burning passion to teach children. You can stay in your job but go home feeling tired, miserable and empty or you can quit it and pursue your heart’s desire and feel more fulfilled.

Success can be measured by the happiness you gain in doing what you are supposed to do rather than pursuing what people think you should do. The choice may not be as lucrative or as popular, but you will never lose when you follow your heart.