Success can be defined in many different ways, but it’s up to you which one to choose. Here, we’ll talk about a bunch of different definitions so you can discover your own definition of success.
The Definition of Success: What’s Your Personal Definition?
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Do you sometimes feel like society’s definition of success leaves something to be desired? Have you experienced some typical “success” and wonder why it hasn’t made you happy? Or do you just want to better understand what success means to you? Then this article can help. Read on to learn more about the definition of success and engage in some reflections about what success means to you.
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What Is The Definition of Success?
Merriam-Webster defines success as a “favorable or desired outcome”. It can also be the “attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence”. These definitions leave a lot of room for variations among people. Indeed, the research supports that. When researchers ask men and women what their definitions of success are, they get a whole range of answers, and those answers change over time.
Overall, women define success more in terms of life balance and relationships whereas men focus more on material success (Dyke & Murphy, 2006). But variations in definition can also depend on age, personality, and prior experience.