What’s Your Definition of Success?

Everyone’s definition of success is different. What is your definition of success?

When I think of the old paradigm – my old, ill-conceived, self-taught definition of success (that success means money, wealth, status, and power) – I am reminded of an old parable that goes something like this:

Who is the Successful Man?


One day a wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country so that the son could see how the poor lived. They spent a day and a night at the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“Very good, Dad!”

“Did you see how poor people can be?”


“And what did you learn?”

The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the house; they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have the whole horizon.”

When the little boy was finished, the father was speechless.

His son then added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”

Thank goodness we have the power to change our beliefs, attitudes, and values.

Thanks to Pajama Mommy for including this post in the Carnival of Family Life.

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