In 2011 I ran a blog series titled “Back to Business” where I interviewed 20 small businesses in 20 days. One of the questions that I asked was “How do you define success?” the answers were varied and interesting. Today I’d like to share some of my favorite responses from those interviews.
- Donna Sneed of Hill Publishing: Success is… knowing your “Divine” purpose, actively pursuing it, boldly standing firm (even during the tough times); holding on to what you KNOW and “doing it afraid.”
- Nyasia “Nye” Bowen of Eventista Productions : Success is turning your passion into profit!
- Gwen Morrison of Endurance Marketing LLC.: I measure success by the connections I make and the relationships I am building that lead to new opportunities, and new clients. I consider the referrals that have already been sent my way as a sign of success.
- Delmar Johnson of HR Brain for Hire: I measure success by the connections I make and the relationships I am building that lead to new opportunities, and new clients. I consider the referrals that have already been sent my way as a sign of success.
- Ja’Rod Morris of Fourfold Business Solutions: I define success by the value that I’m able to add to the lives of those I come in contact with, whether it’s in business, personally, or just through common belief systems. I also believe that the value that I am able to get in return (financially, notoriety, etc.) for doing something I love is success as well.
- Zenobia Garrison of Success Transitions, LLC: Success is a tricky concept. It means different things to different people. Success in many ways speaks to the ability to make forward consistent movement toward goals and benchmarks, while also achieving intended outcomes and desired results. So success is intrinsic in how it makes an individual feel on the inside about their business and the type of progress they are making; but also extrinsic in the context of their ability to point to (or see evidence) of tangible, measurable, and noteworthy results.
- Shawn Miller of Financial Freedom Tax Group: Success is not the ability to gain new clients; it is the ability to create long lasting client relationships. It is important to me to keep my clients returning back for my services year after year.
- Melodee Henderson-Silmon, of Henderson-Law Group: Success, in my opinion, is being able to learn from and survive your setbacks, and use them as stepping stones for reaching your goals. Failing forward to success is not a bad thing.
How do you define success? Leave me a comment below and share what success means to you.
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