Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Risa Taylor | Committed to painting the landscapes of New Mexico and living every minute of it.

I am retired and lucky enough to not need to support myself by selling my art. Therefore, my definitions of success are not related to how many paintings I sell. I feel successful in moments when I can demonstrate a skill that I have worked to learn. I feel successful when I look at one of my paintings and see that the piece has strength and beauty. I feel successful when I feel happy when I observe people interested in my work and enjoying the painting. Read more>>

Fred Chang | R&D Pastry Cook and Area Director of Revenue Management

For me, success is defined by happiness. I love to bake and create beautiful or whimsical desserts, so being able to do that, while also keeping a roof over my head is how I define being successful in life. Read more>>

Tyler Davidson | Real Estate Broker

This is a very tricky question to answer, as my success could mean failure to someone at a higher level. My shortcomings in my business and life could also be the dreams of others less fortunate. There are levels to everything in life. To me – success is growth. Whether that be giant leaps or baby steps. I make a comparison to professional athletes in this regard. Would you say that Michael Jordan had a successful year if he didn’t win an NBA championship? Probably not… But what about some of the bench players that were just trying to get their chance to be on the court for a few minutes and score a few points? Read more>>