What is Success?

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“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

According to Zig Ziglar, most people think of success in relation to business and financial wealth.

But Ziglar argues that you aren’t successful until success permeates your entire wheel of life.

Wheel of Life

According to Ziglar, the 7 spokes of the Wheel of Life are:

  1. Career
  2. Family
  3. Financial
  4. Mental
  5. Personal
  6. Physical
  7. Spiritual

Success is …

Here are a few things that Ziglar says success is ….

“Success is closing the door on your office at the end of the day knowing that you did a good job and knowing that those that interacted with you had a positive experience.”

“Success is looking forward to getting home and seeing the people you love.”

“Success is turning out the lights and saying to yourself it just doesn’t get much better than this.”

Success is Not …

Here are a few things that Ziglar says success is not …
”Success isn’t calling home from work for the fourth time this week apologizing because you’re going to miss dinner with the family again.”

“Success isn’t spending mental energy figuring out how to explain why you can’t pay the bill in full as you promised.   … why your eyes are red and your blood pressure is going through the roof … and why you just don’t find any joy in living.”

Success is Directly Related to a Balanced Life

According to Ziglar, balance is the key:

“Yes, success is directly related to having a balanced life.”
”If any one area is out of sync, all the areas of your life suffer.”

Success is a personal thing.

What does success mean to you?

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2 COMMENTS

    • I like Al’s focus on value (of course, value is in the eye of the beholder and stakeholder).

      And, I like Zig’s focus on balance and shifting away from financial success to a broader view across the wheel of life.

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