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What is your definition of success?

I've recently read about two entrepreneurial, Swedish girls who love bicycles, technology and design. They are also into bicycle safety.
They spent seven years researching and working to invent a bicycle helmet worn like a collar that opens like an airbag in case of accident. And it works.


They succeeded although not everybody took them seriously. A quote from one of the links above - “If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”

This and a talk by Angela Lee Duckworth made me think of a question I'd like to post - what is your definition of success?


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  • May 10 2013: I think is the answer is in the question itself, "your", it differs from one individual to another according to what they do in their lives and want they want to be remembered of after their death, the other similar question I've been thinking of recently, is how to find what you love doing and want to spend the rest of your life doing, and also, what controls what each individual of us loves and likes? Obviously each of us loves different stuff and wants to spend their lives doing different different from each other, so what controls that? I mean, if we get 2 kids and grow them up in the very identical environment, would they still have different attitudes? and consequently, would fall in love with different things and want to spend their lives doing different things from each other and so have different definitions of success each based on what they basically love? Sorry for the maze I got you into, but I lead you to the same beginning at the end :)
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      May 12 2013: Hi Ahmed,

      To find out what we love doing we need to be given freedom of choice to be able to try different things and decide when we already have the experience, I think.
      To answer your other question - from my experience, yes, the two kids would still have different attitudes, used in their lives, or not, if given freedom of choice.
      Thanks for your comment, I see your point, it's all about "your" definition so it's individual, provided that we are allowed to pursue our individuality. What happens if we are not, though?
      Best wishes.
      • May 12 2013: What do you mean we're not allowed to pursue our individuality?
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          May 23 2013: Hi,

          Sorry for the late reply. I meant the a general standpoint - the environment and/or society trying to define a person by its own, sometimes faulty or prejudiced standards. You're a man so you're supposed to macho, you are born this and that so do this and that without wondering if this is really what you are best at or should do. If this happens, a person is not allowed to pursue their individuality that is - what they really feel for doing, fall for or can be good at.

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