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What Does Success Mean to You?

Success is the topic we’re exploring this month on the blog. Apparently, we’re in good company. In this month’s Real Simple magazine they shared the results of “The Success Poll.

Real Simple and Time asked 1,000 women and 300 men to weigh in on success issues including questions about work, life, ambition, finances, and time.

Nearly two-thirds of women said that success was “a never-ending pursuit rather than a defined goal.”


One particular question caught my attention, which I’d like to share with you. Women were asked to define success. Their top three responses were:


1. “Accomplishing your goals and dreams.”


2. “Being at peace.”


3. “Having financial stability.”


About a year ago, my good friend and colleague, Geralin Thomas interviewed me for her Managing Modern Life® Organizing Blog as part of the “Professional Organizing Business Models” series. She asked, “Do you consider yourself successful and why or why not?” Click here to read my response.

What does success mean to you? What are your top three responses or definition of success? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (14)

For me, success is really about relationships. If I have positive relationships with my clients, friends and family, then I feel like I'm rowing downstream and achieving my purpose.

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- LOVE how you think about success! Just beautiful.

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Success to me is being happy and at peace with myself. Other things like money, brilliant career or acknowledgment could appear important or maybe they are, but they are a consequence of being true to yourself.

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Nacho- Being at peace was one of the top responses from "The Success Poll." Looks like you're in good company. It's interesting what can blossom from there.

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this topic! I decided to answer your question before reading the others so I wouldn't be influenced by anyone else's ideas. For me, success is about doing work that I love and earning enough to meet my needs without going into debt or having to make sacrifices. Everything else is a bonus!

I do agree that the pursuit of success is ongoing. Most of us can never sit back and say, "I've made it" because clients come and go, expenses go up, and there's always something new that you need or want to have. But when you love what you do, it's a joy and not a chore!

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Success for me is knowing that I've tried my best. I don't always hit the nail on the head on my first try but if I've tried my best then I'm satisfied. I can always try again if I want to do better. If I never try anything new or different then I feel like I'm just treading water but when I try something then I feel that's an action which keeps me moving and growing and to me that's success!

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Wonderful to have you here with us!

@Janet- What great restraint to reflect and respond before reading others' responses. You've highlighted by example the extremely personal nature of how we define success. There isn't ONE single definition. How great it that? I love how within in your definition, you allow for the "bonus" that happens after your work and needs are met.

@Diane- How cool that your definition of success involves growth and doing your personal best… and also how you go by a self-measurement assessment vs. by comparison to others. Very healthy.

September 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Success for me would be returning to clients and seeing the coaching and systems that we have worked together to put in place, have continued to work for them and with them.

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Jill- Ahhh. So your success is helping others to be successful. Nice!

September 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Jill, I can definitely relate to that! When I was an organizer, one of my biggest projects was to reorganize the office and filing system for the executive director of a non-profit organization, which involved a number of sessions over several weeks. After the project was finally completed, I realized I'd left one of my tools there, but I didn't want to make a special trip to get it and wasn't back in that area for several months. When I finally went, I was delighted to see that her office looked exactly as it had when I'd left!

September 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Great question! I love reading everyone's definition of success.

For me success is making a difference with my family and clients. That difference could be a new perspective on work or life, a new space change at home or work, or helping that person feel empowered in a new way. Great relationships are the basis of this.

Truly success is a never ending pursuit for me too!

September 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Janet- Great "success" story! Thanks for sharing it. Kudos to you for doing such a fabulous job helping your client to organize systems that were effective and maintainable for her.

@Ellen- I'm with you! I also LOVE learning more about each of you and how success is viewed. What a beautiful description you shared, Ellen- "…success is making a difference with my family and clients." Also interesting that like many, you too see success as a ongoing pursuit.

September 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Janet- That is my greatest feeling of accomplishment, when my coaching and systems have made a difference and they have been able to keep using it on a daily basis.

September 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Go Jill! Helping others succeed, one client at a time.

September 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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