Definition of success for English Language Learners

  • : the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
  • : the correct or desired result of an attempt
  • : someone or something that is successful : a person or thing that succeeds
“If I can get my work into the Queen booth at the All American Quarter Horse Congress I’ll be successful” -Spoken October of 2014, Accomplished October 2015
“If I can get earrings on Fallon Taylor, I’ll be successful” -Spoken November 2015, Accomplished December 2015
“If I can get my earrings on Miss Ohio, I’ll be successful” -Spoken December of 2014, Accomplished March 2015
“If I can get work on the Miss America stage” -Spoken August 2015, Accomplished September 2016
“If we can get a spot at the NFR, RL will be successful” -Spoken January 2017, Accomplished December 2017
This list is already excruciatingly long, and RL is only 3.5 years old- and here is the point of it: Is there any such thing as success? I mean, when does it stop? Had I quit the first time I defined my success, RL would have been snuffed out before even a fraction of its potential had been reached.  When I’m asked if I think my company is successful, I’m always lost as to how to answer. Does a monetary value equal success? “When RL makes me the same amount of money as my corporate job”… or “When we gross six figures”… now it’s “When we gross a million dollars”… when we arrive there, then what? I dont think success shares the same definition as ‘goals’, but I think its just as fluid.  After doing some looking, I like to think the definition of success is best described by the inspirational people below. 
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming,” John Wooden, Legendary Basketball Coach 
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou, Poet
“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals,”  Deepak Chopra, Spiritual Teacher