Twelve influential and wealthy people share their views on success.
A “successful” person is someone who has millions of dollars in their bank account, is an author of many best-sellers, or who governs a country.
Instead, success is not what makes people feel accomplished, according to many.
This is what some of the most successful and influential people in the world have to say about success, from Warren Buffett to Thomas Edison.
Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, is worth approximately $ 5 billion. However, he believes success can be equated with personal fulfillment.
He wrote on LinkedIn, “Too many people judge a person’s success by how much money they make or who they associate with.” “I believe true success should be measured by how happy you feel.”
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of
We tend to think of success as two things – money and power. But, there should be a third.
He told Forbes’ Dan Schawbel, “To live the life that we want and deserve, but not the life we settle for,”. “A third measure of success is more than the amount of money or power. It’s based on four pillars, which are well-being and wisdom as well as wonder and generosity.
These factors, taken together, allow us to cultivate our inner life and become a true achiever, or as his 2014 book Thrive(Redefine Success), suggests, “flourish”.
In an interview with Steiner Sports, Cuban, who is a regular host on Shark Tank in America, gave a surprisingly straightforward view on success.
“For me success means waking up every morning smiling and knowing that tomorrow will be great. I was happy and felt fortunate when I was poor. I shared a three-room apartment with six colleagues and slept on the ground.
Wooden is the most successful college basketball coach with 620 wins and 10 national championships behind him.
Your definition of success is more about competing with yourself than it is with others.
In a 2001 TED talk, he stated that “it’s the peace in mind that comes from personal satisfaction knowing you’ve put your best effort,”
Buffett, who has a net worth of $ 77.4 trillion, is second only to Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and third to Bill Gates. Buffett’s definition of success does not include fame or money.
James Altucher, president of Berkshire Hathaway, once stated to shareholders at an annual meeting that “I measure success by the number of people who love me.”
The award-winning poet died in 2014 at the age 86. He left behind stacks upon stacks of books as well as numerous aphorisms.
His vision of success is the most accurate. “Success means liking yourself, liking what and how you do it.”
Bill Gates, co-founder of
Gates is the world’s second-richest man, with an estimated net worth of 86,000,000,000. However, success for Gates is tied to his personal relationships and the legacy that he leaves.
Reddit AMA (Ask me what you want) session saw Gates refer to Warren Buffett’s definition success.
Warren Buffett said, “What reflects your success?” If the people around you love and are happy, it will reflect your success.
He said, “It’s also nice to feel like you’ve contributed something to this world, whether it be through inventing, raising your children, or helping others in need.”
According to this writer and doctor, it’s about continuous growth.
Chopra writes in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success that success can be described as “the continuous expansion of happiness, and the progressive realization of worthy ends.”
Obama was elected to the highest office in his nation, but he doesn’t believe power is synonymous with success. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, told the crowd at the National Democratic Convention that her husband had started his professional career in refusing well-paying jobs in order to work in poor neighborhoods after a steel plant closed.
Barack believes success is not about how much money you make but the impact that you have on the lives of others.
Edison, the inventor of over 1,000 patents, had an incredible work ethic. Edison was said to have worked 60 hours straight on one occasion.
His definition of success is, naturally, equally ambitious: “Success means 1% inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
Stephen Covey, the late author, became a huge success, and a part of popular culture, with his 1989 book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It has been sold over 25 million copies. Covey believed that success was a matter of individuality.
He writes that “if you think about what you’d like said about you at a funeral,” you will discover your definition of success.
DeJoria was the co-founder and first patron of Paul Mitchell hairdressing brand. He spoke with Business Insider about the lessons he learned while working as a dry cleaner in his youth.
Evidently, DeJoria impressed the manager of the establishment by the way he kept the floor looking so shiny, even though he was not able to clean it.
He now believes that success does not depend on how much money or what position you hold. It is about how well you do your job when no one is looking.