3 Major Truth Bombs About Success

Everyone wants to be successful. But does success really mean what you THINK it means? Related: 3 Things My Boss Taught Me About Success Here are three major truth bombs about success everyone NEEDS to know:

1. Success is subjective.

We're so obsessed with 'making it' according to other people's perception of success that we've lost sight of what it means to be successful on our OWN terms. Success is completely subjective. Your definition of success could be completely different than someone else’s definition. It doesn't mean it's wrong, it just means you have different goals, values, and dreams. Success comes in all forms, and your success can only be defined by you. If you try to live someone else’s version of success, you’re not going to be happy or satisfied with your life OR career. This is your life and you only get one shot at it – why live someone else’s dream? (For more on this, check out my post "What Does It Mean To 'Make It Big' Anyway?")

2. Failing ≠ Failure.

I guarantee you that everyone you look up to has failed at one point or another. Everyone makes mistakes – big and small - but did those mistakes stop your role models from picking themselves up and moving forward? Nope. And that’s why they’re successful – because they chose to learn from those experiences and keep pushing themselves to get it right. They didn’t quit - and, if you want to be successful, neither can you. (For more on this, check out my post "5 Signs You're Going To Make It Big One Day")

3. Your success is up to you.

No one is going to make you a success – Not even if your parents are rich and famous and give you a great job with a fat salary. Not even if your boss hands you all of the big-name clients and introduces you to all of the right people. These people can only support your success. It’s up to you to use their support and make yourself successful. YOU need to use the tools you are given in order to create a life and career that gives you purpose and satisfaction. No one else can do that for you. (For more on this, check out my post, "7 Things All 20-Somethings Need To Tell Themselves In Order To Succeed") Cheers to YOUR success! What have YOU learned about achieving success? I want to know - Tweet me @AriellaCoombs!

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