Success isn’t defined by how much money you have

If you have 2 Ferraris, 3 houses and £2,500,000 sitting in the bank, you are seen as very successful by the vast majority of the public. The problem is that it has been so drilled into our heads that this is what success looks like when it really isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, if you had that much money I am sure you would think of yourself as being pretty successful, but not everyone wants that or even needs that.

If you took away society’s version of success, having a huge house and tons of money, then reality may be very different for a lot of people. Success means different things to different people. Success in someone’s head could be having a big family, with your mortgage all paid off and only working 30 hours a week. You get to spend a lot of time with your kids as a family – and that’s the aim. Or it could be someone who has just started there very first pub, and in the first 6 months has become profitable. Or even as simple as finally becoming debt-free. Everyone has their own goals and their own version of the type of ‘success’ they want to achieve.

Success should be whatever makes you happy at the end of the day. Don’t try and live up to everyone else expectations of success.

When you’re in school, the idea of University and a person’s extent of success are said to be significantly linked. Therefore, the constant reinforcement of this promise makes students feel like there is only one way to go – and this is the ‘right’ way. Those with little to no idea of what their future will hold, are drawn to the idea of University as an almost easy route out. Apparently, success will come from any course you do so why wouldn’t you go? Others know that student life wouldn’t be suited to them, but still go to university as this is taught in school to be the norm for teenagers nowadays.


The issue with this is that it doesn’t really allow you to try new things out the job-wise. If you were not at University you could go and try loads of different jobs and see what really suits you. Even if you don’t like them it allows you to get a taste of different jobs to see what parts you do and don’t like. Whereas at university, you are limited to one or a few subjects for 2-6 years and are also paying a lot of money to be there.

University can be an amazing option if you know exactly what you want to do in life. But if you don’t, there are many other amazing opportunities out there to help you discover what you truly want to do.

If you truly want to be successful, you have to look in the mirror and ask yourself what you want to be doing every day that will make you happy. Gary Vaynerchuk is very passionate about this. If you wake up and you aren’t doing something you love, then you aren’t successful. You may be money-wise, but deep down you’re spending time on something you may not be passionate about.

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