Measured success

How does anyone measure success, because success means different things to different people?

Someone with a disability, someone dealing with depression will see being a success as just getting through one day. It’s difficult to measure success in its entirety, because there are so many different forms, so many different perceptions of what success means to each of us.

I measure success not by my achievements, but by my ability to work through my life with more ease, by learning to believe in myself, making a difference in my life as well as my family’s life and by being able to help other people.

I believe that when we strive to attain peace we will have more opportunities to prove that we can be successful. And that it’s not always possible to have one without the other; they go hand in hand.


29 Oct, 2013

6 thoughts on “Measured success

  1. Yes, having peace is a form of success. They do go hand in hand.

    I measure my success by things going as I planned. To be able to do things without getting ill physically. I see myself as being successful when everything goes right with my life and my family. Each accomplishment brings me more success, but failing at something doesn’t mean I’m a failure.

    Seeing ourselves failing will just bring us down and lead to depression. We have to stay positive about things. Not everything goes right in life and that doesn’t mean we’re failures.

    It’s just not the right time for it to happen.

  2. Yes, success can mean different things to different people depending on what they have to deal with. For me it’s something as simple as being able to go out by myself to buy some coat hangers instead of waiting for my girlfriend to do it.

    There was a time when I was very self sufficient and able to do most things that normal people do. I grew up having to learn how to do things on my own so it wasn’t that difficult, but I was eventually crippled by my fears, doubts and insecurities to the point where there are days where getting out of bed can be a major achievement.

    I just find it funny that so many people waste so much time focusing on stupid things like what movie stars are doing or obsessing about and having the latest ‘must have’ phones!

    Food, shelter and clothing are what people need to survive, which I’m happy with on a daily basis! I’ve survived without them before so I’m pretty easy to please!

    Yes it would be great if I could win the lottery, but I’m really not holding my breath on that one! Right now I’m just trying to be content with things like my daughter being happy and healthy. We may not have much for material things right now but we’re surviving which I’m grateful for.

    I actually have friends, online and off, which for me is pretty remarkable! Now I try to focus more on what I have rather than focus on what I don’t have which makes my life very simple.

    1. Randy you’ve said it and how right you are.

      People will always measure success differently, but it’s the little things that are the most challenging that we overcome… that are the real success stories as your story has shown. Just brilliant.

      Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. I really appreciate Randy’s definition of success.

    People who have measured their success by the acquisition of material things and status, ultimately spend the majority of their time reaching for the success that Randy brilliantly articulated.

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