What Does "Real" Success Look Like? 

August 16, 2022

Often people look at those who are successful and wonder if they can become successful as well. The first thing to do is clearly define what “success” really looks like. I have a simple trifecta measurement that I think might help you to define success in your life.

  1. Spiritual & Purposeful Meaning
  2. Relational – Loved & Respected
  3. Financial & Generational Legacy

The longer I live, the more I see people who thought success was all about the measurement of their bank account, the size of their house or houses, and their cars. Though this may be enjoyable at the moment, the real measure of success is so much deeper and much more significant.

Spiritual and Purposeful Meaning – when someone lives out their authentic purpose, the reason for being on this earth, it brings a deep sense of personal satisfaction. My purpose is to impact people in a positive way, using my gifts, talents and wisdom to help them live their lives with clarity, focus and joy. Remember people often find their greatest joy in service to others. As a person of faith, I also believe that my life on earth matters, and I will give an account of my actions. It is important that I use my abilities and gifts to serve others and make my part of the world a better place for all. 

Relational: Loved and Respected – No one wants their life to be filled with shallow and meaningless relationships. People want to find a deep and abiding love and raise a family that can be enjoyed. I wanted this relational joy and found the woman of my dreams. We have been together for 39 years. We have three grown sons, two amazing daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. I live my life to love & impact them and also to be respected by them for the quality of the life I live each day.  

Financial and Generational Legacy – At the end of my life I will leave all the earthly possessions I have accumulated behind for others. The question is what will that inheritance I leave behind look like? In the ancient book of Proverbs, King Solomon says, “a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.” I know that this inheritance will involve money and businesses but also will involve positive values, success principles and accumulated wisdom. I want the inheritance I leave to allow my grandchildren to pursue their passions & interests and make a positive difference in this world. Almost every financial & business decision I make involves asking the question about the long-term legacy impact. 

My hope is that you would consider these three success measurements and live your life with passion and focus. Then at the end of your days on this earth, you will enjoy the peace of having lived a full life with few regrets and much joy. ❤️‍🔥

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