What is Success? Our definition About It Goes a Long Way to Shape Us

Success is the most sorts after; it is the most wanted commodity, not just here or there but in the whole World. What I’m sure everyone wants is success. It doesn’t really matter what anyone is doing, we all want success.

Wanting and desiring success is a good thing, it shows that we are human; we are actually exhibiting some of the characteristics that make us human, being ambitious.

But when anyone talks about success what comes to peoples mind is financial success. This also makes it impossible for many people to talk about it, in fact I was unsure if I should write about it, but I did anyway. The reason is that people will always want to check if really you are successful before they will listen to what you have to say about success and the first place they want to check to determine that is your bank account. We always know know how to determine what peoples bank account look like. That is the mentality we have about success and pretty much most things. That is why we won’t engage in politics because we are not politicians but we can complain about bad government even though we are not complaints. That is why we can pray all night about success, because we believe that we are not successful, because we don’t have all the money.

The common man on the street believes success is all about money, having a fat bank account. I used to believe that too. The thing is financial success is just one component in all aggregate of various kind of success that is available for us.

If we focus on success as having a fat bank account, we will miss out in so many joy of living.

If we judge success as having a fat bank account, then what will be the faith of a monk in monastery who has dedicated his entire life to attaining high state of spirituality? What will be the state of a farmer who has carefully studied the season and the soil, planted at the right time and harvested bountifully? What will be the faith of a writer who has just published is first book? What will be the faith of singer who just released his first track.. the list of successes can go on.

We may really know about all these, but our mindset is always the problem, how we see success. If someone probably wishes you that you will be rich as Dangote, or Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or any of the richest man out there, and I argue about that or counter the wish, that it won’t happen, you will probably see me as a hater or an enemy. But the truth is many of us will likely not be as rich as these men but at the same time we can still be successful, and we can still be happy.

The way we perceive success matters. If we see it as an upward progression to the top, we will find more joy in everyday of our life. Because it’s by then we will be able to appreciate the progress we have been making in little things that will compound to big thing in the future, those little things that the wrong definition of success has shaded off from us.

The unionism of our family, the growth of love, the completion of a task, promotion at the office, the securing of a job, writing of the book or post, starting the company, learning a new skill, making the art, the movie…. These and many more success we record everyday but the perception we have about success won’t let us see them and celebrate them.

I saw a movie some time ago I think the name is “IN TIME” it’s about a world where life and currency are all represented in TIME. If you have enough time you can buy the whole world and you can live forever. In the movie the people who are known to be rich are people who have time worth of centuries, but one thing is that they are not still happy, because they know they might likely not die, they might likely live forever, they just want to be able to die someday. They don’t want to be immortal. And on the other hand the poor in the middle of the street will watch the last minute of his time tick off and he will slump and die.

What does this means? It means human wants is incomplete. It also means time is precious.

How does the movie relates with this post? Honestly, No way… But waking every morning is a success.

Lastly, you have to redefine your success.

Here is my own definition, success is an upward progression in anything, and success is all about MOVING to the top.

See you at the top.

My Top 5 Definition of Success.



If there is one thing everybody wants, that would be success. I want success. Success is a general commodity. And the way you look at it, the way you define it goes a long way to help you measure it.

Having in mind that there are many areas in life that success can be measured. Like in academics, Finances, health, relationships and many such areas. I try to define success in my own understand. In a way it will allow me to appreciate my little efforts and winings and allow me to continue moving forward in life. I define it with perception that the concept the definition contains Is workable. I believe that is what ( people whom we belive to be successful) do. They define success in a practical, understandable and achievable way for themself.

Here is how I defined success for myself, I defined success for myself as GROWING TO THE MAXIMIZATION OF MY POTENTIALS, which is God gift to me.

We all have potentials, ability to do things. I don’t mean the regular activities we undergo everyday like running, talking, jumping and more things of similar nature. Yes, they are all inclusive, they are all part of our potentials. But also part of our potentials include things we never knew we could do. We all have reservoir of abilities. I believe when we start taping into those abilities, when you began doing things you never thought you could do, I believe that is success. I believe then we can celebrate that we are succeeding.

But for the fact that it’s wise to look at things from different perspective. I felt it’s wise also to look at success from other areas in life that it can be measured. From other peoples point of view. It’s unwise to argue the fact that improvement in areas such as finance, relationships, health, influence and many such areas are not also success. I searched, and among hundreds of meaning of success these ones resonate with me. They interprete what I feel success should be.

Here are my best 5 definition of success.

1. “I define success as living my true purpose and having a positive impact on the lives of people by uplifting them and inspiring them to think and act in ways that they may not have considered before.”
— Raj Sisodia,

2. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelo

3. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm,” –Watson Churchill

4. “My definition of success is knowing that what you are doing is helping you and others lead a better, happier, healthier life.”
— Kara Goldin,

5. “Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

What Does Success Mean To You.

Success story

Success story

Success is the most desired and talked about, as commodity in terms of business, it’s something every body want. But regardless of the high demand rate of it, I feel many still misunderstood what it really is or rather have a definition of it that does not suit their existence, which cause them to measure success wrongly.

The truth is that, there is no universal definition for success because, as I now understood it, success isn’t a static goal it is a feeling. And the strength of this feeling is dependent on how closely we are living according to our values, current goals, vision and purpose.

Definitions of Success
Here are how my mobile dictionary defines success

1. Something which happens as a consequence; the outcome or result. (here they said this is obsolete)

2. The achievement of one’s aim or goal.

3. In Business success is defined as  financial profitability.

4. The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.

The above definitions shows that success is not all about the financial aspect which many believe it to be. To a business body or person, yes… it might mean all about the financial profitability but to a family it might be different, maybe happiness.

Define Success By Your Own Term.

Two individuals, not even identical twins can’t have same definition of success. To some it’s all about the money, some it’s the fame, some it’s the respect they have gained, some it’s the achievement in goals, some it’s helping people out, some it’s achieving a certain academic status, some it’s having a happy family, some it’s when they are living there purpose while some it’s when rendering useful service to the world.

In whatever way one choose to define success, it should be from individual state of being, what you are, who you are and where you are going, it should be personalize, this helps to measure it accurately and appreciate progress.

If you define success from the status of the richest men in the world (even though many of them have there definitions of success apart from their finances and fame), you may never feel successful because you might not attain the level of fame or financial success they have achieved.

Define success in a way it makes meaning only to you and remember that success is not static, rather it’s dynamic and a state of feeling.

Not The HOW, But WHAT IT TAKES to Achieve Success.

Success story

Success story

In the world where success is the most respected and demanded commodity, but limited in accessibility, we all strive to know the best possible and EASY way to have our own share of it, that includes reading the stories of people who have achieved what we are looking for.

Reading or listening to success story can be very helpful, depending on the motives and reasons.

Many has testified how an individual story helped change their life, gave them the right thinking pattern, more ideas, clarity to understand facts and make good decisions which brought about a good proportion of success to them. Actually that is what success story is supposed to do for us.

But despite that, many have also read and listen to thousands of success stories, even thousands of get rich quick tips (just like me) but still nothing to show for it. Not that the stories they read or listened to don’t have a message or idea in it. I believe every story has wisdoms to learn from and great ideas to work on.

I have come to the realization that the problem of not doing better, even after series of inspiring success and motivating stories is that we look for wrong information or ideas in stories.

Am not try to strike a perfection on my side or sound like am there now, but my intention is to draw attention to an important facts I feel can help us think and rethink today and look out for, in every story and probably situation the right information or ideas that will help us make better decisions today that will create a better future for us.

Talking about success stories, the main clue in success stories is not on the how, it’s on the WHAT IT TAKES.

Recently a lot has being said both as jokes on how someone could just earn $300million in just a single stage fight, that is in the case of Flodymayweather vs McGregor fight.

But no much attention to how he got to that point, the fact that he was once poor wasn’t or less considered, Many don’t or didn’t care to know or remember that there are moments in his life when snow fail prevents people from going out to their different activities, but he still finds a way to hitting the Gym regardless of the (obstacles) Snow fails.

He once said “When I was about eight or nine, I lived in New Jersey with my mother and we were seven deep in one bedroom and sometimes we didn’t have electricity. When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”

Then, he doesn’t have the success but he was doing WHAT IT TAKES to attract it, and we can see for our self the outcome.

Every success stories has in it WHAT IT TAKES and HOW to be success, but the fact is that the HOWs in every success story are already used, the only thing left in success story is WHAT IT TAKES. For the fact that we all can’t have the same story, simply state it that we can’t have the same process to achieving anything.

Rather than looking out for how a person achieved his/her success, it will be reasonable if we concentrate on What it takes in any success story, the abilities, skills, knowledge, motives it takes to achieve success.

Give Value To Receive Value.

Give value

Give value

I feel the world has really changed maybe not that much, or probably am just waking up from ignorant in some areas of life.

But I still feel with the advancement and versatility of ICT and other aspects of life, ways of doing things seem to be changing.

But whatever it’s seeming to be, what I definitely know is that people are still out there looking for value, value in finance, look, health, recreation and more other aspects of life. human always have the tendency of wanting better things.

Generally many are not clear or has no understanding of the ideal way of really getting value. It’s important to note that the only way we can get value is to create and give value, create value within and outside your environment in anyway you can, help in any form you can, provide solutions in what ever way even though it looks common, to some people somewhere it’s not.

For example, if I write an article about how to swim with practical illustrations, it’s obvious many people out there don’t know how to swim, with the help of social medias and internet there are tendencies that someone out there with no knowledge of swimming can read my article, learn and practice and probably be a good swimmer. He or She will appreciate me because he or she has received value. Probably if I demand for tuition fee he/she might be willing to pay, but that will be after he/she has enjoyed my value.

There are many other practical way and examples of how this principle works out there.

Giving value has always being the way greater things has been achieved, both in business.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave the world value in form of bring people together he got his success

Bill Gate give value in form of making work easier for people through Microsoft ….he succeeded

Henry Ford in Nineties give value by help people reach their destination in lesser timing, with Automobile ….he succeeded.

Thomas Edison, give value by illuminating the world with electric bulb ….he succeeded

Dangote gave value by feeding African with pastries ….he succeeded

And many other great people.

When you check the history of this great people, you will observe the clear practical form of the act of giving value to receive value, giving value that is backed up with persistent and continuity.

Continuity is one of the key to success, so when you give value continue giving value let the people know you care that you are will to help, build trust and they will return the value you gave them with value.

So look out there, what are you good at? what are you capable of? what are you passionate about? What are you interested in ?

If It’s skills teach people, if it’s advice, advise people, if it’s knowledge share it, the good thing about skills, advice and knowledge is that the more you share, the more you know.

Talking about knowledge remember that the information you Google or Bing from the internet was placed there by someone.

You Too Can Help Improve The World Intelligence.