Success: What Does It Mean To You?

You were designed for success. You were endowed with the seeds of greatness. But would you know success if it tapped you on the shoulder and gave you its business card? Sounds odd, but many people who come up to me and say they want to be successful can't answer one key question: What is success?

Answer the following questions to help you define what success means to you:

1. What is your personal definition of success? How will you know when you're successful?

2. How will it look and feel? Are you sure you'd recognize it?

3. How close are you now? Or, given your definition of success, have you already succeeded?

4. According to your personal definition, what specific things do you have left to do in order to be successful?

5. What three actions can you take starting today to move further down the path toward living your personal definition of success? List those three actions.

Now that you've defined success for yourself, look at what you've accomplished! You have listed three actions that will help you continue to live your personal definition of success. Set goals around those three actions and get to work to fulfill them.

I frequently say that you have to be before you can do, and you have to do before you can have. If you want to have the success you're entitled to, you have to understand what success means to you and then DO something about it!


A talented author and speaker, Zig Ziglar has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation. Since 1970, he has traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change. Since 1970, an extensive array of Ziglar audio, video, books, and training manuals have been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government agencies, churches, school districts, prisons, and non-profit associations...

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