The title of my blog is “Learn Success The Easy Way” and yet, since I started the blog over 5 years ago I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned or discussed what “success” really means to me. Different people define success differently so it’s not as simple as you might think.
Here are just a few of the different ways people define success that come to mind:
Money based success:
- Many people define their success as how much money I can make and anything short of being part of the 1% means failure. Nothing else matters, that’s all there is.
- Others define success as never having to work in a ‘real’ job or being their own boss
- Some, when asked the question “how do you define success” will tell you that a good job that pays just enough to pay the bills and buy a few nice toys is all that they need to feel successful
Some people don’t even consider money in defining success and instead think of success in more deep and existential terms (or, shallow and meaningless ways).
Life based success:
- How many people can you touch, or help
- How pretty their wife is or how ‘perfect’ their family appears to everyone
- How happy and content they are with their life
- How much respect they have from their friends, family or peers
- How expensive their car was or how big their house is (regardless of whether or not they can actually afford it)
- How “high up” their position is where they work or how many people are ‘under’ them
- How fast they can run, how far they can throw a ball, or how many people they can beat up
Of course since this is a blog about online success, chances are that if you are reading this you are a blogger or webmaster so there is also ‘internet based’ success.
Success on the internet:
- How much traffic your website or blog gets
- How much money you can generate
- Fame and glory, as measured by readers or subscribers. Similar to traffic, but for more narcissistic reasons
How do I define my success?
Since I am writing in the context of my blog and websites I’m going to limit the scope of my answer to my life in the online world.
I define success as a combination of how much traffic I am able to generate via what I have learned about SEO, marketing, Social Media, and whatever other methods I use. I feel that I am successful when I do things things well. Another measure of success in generating traffic to my websites is how well and how much income they can generate. So when I do a good job at generating traffic and generating income, I feel that I can say that I am successful.
But you may have noticed that I don’t use my blog to generate any income (look ma, no ads! Didja even notice?). I define success in my blog as how many people I can teach how to do something, how many people I can help, prevent from being scammed, or from being ripped-off. Of course, with a little bit of the fame & glory thrown in to keep my ego from starving. Hey, I’m only human.