What does success mean to you? Are you successful?

Yesterday I had one of those epiphany moments you hear about.

Someone shared my article on Facebook and described me in a way I hadn’t previously viewed myself. It was interesting because sometimes it’s hard to know how others perceive you. Then there’s that potential gap between others’ perception of you and self-perception.

In this case, there was definitely a perception gap, and I think it’s a good thing.

 

Here’s what the person shared on their Facebook page:

 

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Am I a successful entrepreneur?

What caught my eye was her description of me as a successful entrepreneur.

Until now, I haven’t fancied myself as such. But I shouldn’t be so hard on myself because:

  1. Most people never make it beyond the, “I have a great idea” phase.
  2. Most people never launch a product.
  3. Most people don’t get into tech accelerators.
  4. And most people certainly don’t raise not one, but two rounds of investment capital.

 

This is not bragging, these are facts.

So, yeah, I accept her description of me. I AM a successful entrepreneur!

And if people like Oprah are right, and there is POWER when you start any sentence with, “I am,” this can only be a good thing.

 

Success for the business

Now, I’m not delusional about what a successful business looks like for me or my investors. My business has a fundamental customer acquisition issue that must be resolved.

If you follow this blog, you know my goal is to have an exit of $50 million in the next few years, which would obviously be incredible for my investors and me (and my family). But it may or may not happen exactly that way.

It doesn’t matter though, because it won’t change any of the things I’ve accomplished on that list above.

 

Living on purpose

Another great revelation for me is this: I am truly living on purpose now.

I believe my purpose in life is to be a successful entrepreneur, which I’ve now claimed. And to inspire others to do the same.

Based on the comments I get about this blog, I am definitely inspiring others along their entrepreneurial journeys, and I’m pumped about it.

THIS is a very exciting realization.

And if what Wayne Dyer says is true, and now that I’ve changed my self-perception, great things are yet to come:

 

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How do you define success? Based on that definition, do you consider yourself successful?

I can’t wait to read your answers.

Cheers.

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6 thoughts on “What does success mean to you? Are you successful?

  1. You are truly successful, my friend and got to say I am very humbled to have seen your success unfold. Keep on doing what you are doing and I have no doubt much more success will follow! 😉

  2. It’s funny because I was thinking about this very thing while getting ready this morning. What if all I am doing doesn’t lead me to the financial freedom that I desire? Which led me to why I am doing what I do. I am a writer, and I am a coach, and I am called to do these things. I was told by my boss, a very successful entrepreneur, that when people are inspired and reach out to me about something I wrote, it is like you just got a really big paycheck! That is when it hit me, and I had to follow that passion! I would love to have financial success associated with my passion, but yes I am already successful because I have impacted people with my words, and with my coaching. Thanks James…your transparency is powerful!

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