Defining financial success

by | Mar 13, 2015 | Planning Your Business

March is International Expect Success Month, so for the four Fridays this month, I’ll be talking about success from a variety of angles.

I’ve been having some interesting conversations with people lately about what they want for their financial life. Some are ecstatic because they can make $500 a day in their business. Others want to making $5,000 a day. And others still won’t consider themselves successful until they are making $50,000 a day.

Does this mean that person C is more successful than person A? Of course not. We each define our own financial success. Some people want a simpler life and just don’t want to be bothered with what needs to go into making more. Others are more driven. And others still don’t even truly pay attention to a specific financial number as long as they are able to do what they want to do when they want to do it.

So how do you define financial success? Ask yourself these questions to come up with your, unique and satisfying answer. Some of them are a bit outside of the box, but that’s on purpose, so stay with me here.

  • What does financial success feel like?
  • What does financial success look like?
  • What does financial success smell like?
  • What does financial success taste like?
  • What does financial success sound like?
  • If financial success had a gender, would it be male or female? Why is that?
  • If financial success were a solid, what would it be? A sphere? A cube? A pyramid? Something else? Why?
  • If financial success were an animal, what would it be and why?
  • If financial success were a plant, what would it be and why?
  • If financial success were a mode of transportation, what would it be and why?

Now take a look at your answers. What is the common thread or theme? This is where the essence of your financial success definition lies. Take that thread or theme and create your definition … then go out and create it!

Keep in mind that your definition of financial success will probably change throughout your life. At some times you’ll want more, at others you’ll be happy with less. Let that be OK and focus on your definition for the now.


Originally created for the TidBitts.com platform, launched in September of 2014, my content on Fridays helps you “Own Your Awesome” in the eight facets of your life.

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