The Top 5 Definitions of Success, According To Me. Guest Blog By Liza Gacho

Photo Credit from  Milestone

Photo Credit from Milestone

I am fortunate to have another guest blogger this week.  Liza Gacho works for Mindful Accord, and she has been an incredible addition to the organization.  Some would call her a virtual assistant, but I call her my virtual sidekick.  I thought it would be a cool idea for her to share something she has learned or been exposed to since she joined Mindful Accord.  This is what she has to say.  Enjoy, Rich


The dictionary states the definition of success is 'an accomplishment of an aim or purpose.  For many people, one of the most conventional ways of describing a ‘successful’ person is someone wealthy, powerful and famous.  I believe that each one of us has their own way of defining and measuring success.

Here are my personal top five definitions of success based on some of the world’s most impressive public figures and their definitions of success.


Success is a grind.

“Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

- Thomas Edison, Famous inventor- noted to have worked 60 consecutive hours.


I am not a big fan of luck. But rather a person can make his own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get. I go by this principle whenever I want to achieve something, in my relationships, my personal goals or career. It’s like the universe will conspire when you perspire is my mantra. There is no such thing as free lunch in today’s times. It’s not that I lost faith in humanity, but to me, the world is all about survival of the fittest.


Success is all about happiness.

“In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.”

- Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group


I agree with Albert Schweitzer’s saying “Success is not the key to happiness; Happiness is the key to success.” It is a matter of personal fulfillment that does not equate to monetary value or any material things. As a mother, a simple approval from my son “Mommy, I love your spaghetti” is a measure of success.  I know I am a success because I achieved my goal of cooking a delicious meal for my family.


Success is about making an impact.

“It is also nice to feel like you made a difference – inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”

- Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder.


You do not need to have billions like Bill Gates to help people in need or to make an impact in the society you live in. Everyone has their own little way and capability of showing others how they can help.  You must find your way to contribute in whatever way you can. 


Success is about relationships.


“I measure success by how many people love me.”

- Warren Buffet, second richest man to Bill Gates


As a family woman, my relationship with my husband is imperative to my well-being. Being a mother and a wife is the most important roles I have to play. That is my purpose in this life.  My goal is to the best mother and wife I can be. If they are healthy, happy and they love me then I know I have succeeded in my life.


Success is making a difference in other people’s lives.


“Success isn’t how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

- Barrack Obama, former US President


Don’t get me wrong, we need money to sustain our daily lives and basic needs. I am not discounting the fact that money is an essential part of our existence. Again, you do not need to be a president to make a difference.  You can take advantage of your current position or situation to make a difference in other people’s lives. Donate your blood, volunteer to a disaster-relief program, or get involved in a local community outreach project. 

There have been hundreds of definitions of success.  We get caught in the trap of thinking what others define as success is the only definition, but we should each discover our personal definition of success.  We all want to attain success in multiple areas of this thing called life.  

If you are someone who understands their purpose, demonstrates self-awareness, and practices discipline you can create positive environments around you.  When you can do that then you are a success, to me.  


Until Next Time,

Liza Gacho - Mindful Accord