What does success look like to you?

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Nov 10, 2016
The One Question That Will Transform Your Life
By JT Terrell, AllBusiness.com
July 11, 2019

Throughout my career, helping businesses scale and grow, I’ve landed on the one question that I believe you have to know the answer to before you can move forward with anything else:

What does ‘success’ mean to you?
Money, fame, stability, achievement, love—all of those? Trust me when I tell you those things alone won’t bring you happiness; in fact, most of the people I know who make a larger income than 99% of the country are far from “happy.” I believe it was Socrates or Notorious B.I.G. who famously spoke the truth of “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” and he wasn’t lying.

Typically we’ve found that the f-word (fulfillment) is what people are really searching for. The hard part about chasing fulfillment is that it’s different for everyone.

So ask yourself:

What does success look like to me?
If you want to put together a strategy for YOU, simply look into the distant future and put a pen to paper about what you really want in your life. Get a blank sheet of paper, and something to write with, and find a place where you can be alone for at least one hour (to start).

Consider yourself 20 to 30 years from now and imagine yourself truly pleased, content, happy, and (finally) fulfilled. Close your eyes. Let your mind run wild and don’t be limited by what you think will happen. Dwell on what you want, no matter how crazy it sounds, or what others will tell you is possible and impossible.

Take a look around and tell me what you see? Write it down!
  • Who are you?
  • What does your life look like?
  • Where do you live?
  • Who do you live for?
  • What kind of work do you do, even if it’s a hobby/personal pursuit?
  • What kind of wealth do you have, and how charitable are you?

Get really specific about these things and write them down in the present tense. Then, ask yourself: What do I need to change?

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