Success. It’s something we dress for, strive for, work towards. We wish it upon others as well as ourselves, but what is it? What is success?

Tom Tolman | Author – Speaker

I like the way famous radio broadcaster and business leader Earl Nightingale of Nightingale-Conant couched it. He said , “success is the progressive realization toward a worthwhile ideal.” I would add that its very close to the formula for happiness – progress. Making progress in any goal area, That doesn’t mean always crossing the finish line, it means making progress, moving forward in any of our 8 goal areas : financial, educational, relationship (personal or business) , career, family/home / recreation. mental-emotional-spiritual, physical/health/vitality, and service – giving back to your community or charity. I would to that “formula” of progress; control or influence over our selves, and last being aligned with our values. Read more>>

Adam Meyer | Founder, The Retreat | Tea & Wellness

I think success varies based on what is being measured. In other words, there is financial success, relationship success, personal success and so on. While the specifics may vary with the type of success being measured, for me the common thread between them all is a sense of contentment and joy. Do I feel content in my progress and accomplishments, and does that bring me joy? If I can answer both of those question with a yes, then to me it is a success. Read more>>

Kristynn Bennett | Reiki Master Teacher & Essential Oil Wellness Advocate

I define success by the ability to minimize suffering and increase joy of living. I didn’t always define success so fluidly, but when I developed Interstitial Cystitis, I had to transition away from quantifiable measures and redefine success through more subjective measures. Goals that I had achieved as a young child, like bladder control, had to be achieved once again, this time under entirely different circumstances. I began to define success by the ability to reduce pain, stress, anxiety or overwhelm, as well as ability to achieve an ever-changing set of goals. When I did everything right and still couldn’t achieve the goals I set, it hit me really hard. At first I was suffering physically; now I was also suffering mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I began to accept that my health was never going to change. It felt like I was giving up, and I judged myself for being lazy and unmotivated. Read more>>