The Surprising Truth About Success

Surprising Truth About Success
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Success

What does it mean to you?

Here are some common synonyms from Dictionary.com:

  • fame
  • gain
  • victory
  • win
  • prosperitysurprising truth about success
  • accomplishment
  • progress
  • happiness
  • achievement
  • boom
  • profit
  • champion
  • triumph
  • realization

Do any of these surprise you? What about progress, realization and happiness?

The Surprising Truth About Success

What if I told you that success doesn’t have to mean you’re the best?

If you’re like me the first time I heard this, you might feel confused, irritated, or indignant. Talk about some strong emotions!

People view “success” differently, and that’s okay. In my humble opinion, I believe it’s good to challenge our thinking from time to time. Sometimes I find myself believing something for so long that I forget why I believed it in the first place.

When we find ourselves at this point it might be time for a reality check.

So it doesn’t particularly matter what the dictionary says (ok, maybe that does matter a little).

But, it’s what a word means to you that really matters. Like what it makes you feel in your heart, the emotions that well up inside you when the word is spoken and the memories evoked.

Back To The Drawing Board

So recently I was rethinking “success” and this is what I came up with.

When I was a competitive, young girl I viewed success as being the best at something, being #1, otherwise known as the champion of the world!

Whether I was pitching fast-pitch softball, playing basketball, volleyball, or track. Or singing, playing the piano or clarinet at music contest or a recital, I held the same narrow-minded view for years. Having success regardless of what I was doing always meant “winning”.

Now I’m (a few) years older, and (hopefully, at least a little bit) wiser. And I’m seeing this word in a brand new light.

There are times in life when we go through memorable , or tough times. These times help to reshape and refine our understanding of our life’s purpose.

Surprising Truth About SuccessI’m connecting “success” with these  synonyms:

  • progress
  • realization
  • happiness

To me, it means all of the above. Also I would add “remaining steadfast and persistent in the face of adversity”.

To explain why I now see success so differently would take a few 1000 more words. Maybe a follow-up article to come?


Have you ever reconsidered the meaning of a word due to a life event or experience? What caused you to reconsider?

And what if you believed that success was your only option? Would that change how you feel about yourself?

Please share your thoughts and comments below.


Just for fun, if you’re up for a blast from the past, you might enjoy watching this video of We Are The Champions, by Queen. 🙂

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