TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

What is your definition of success?

There can be a multitude of responses to this question. You can come from a personal perspective, or as part of the collective. What is the underlying value/concept of your idea of success?

0
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Aug 12 2011: I believe “success” can be a very dangerous thing in a vacuum…You see, success is in the eye of the beholder, whereas significance is a view of you that is held by others. Complicating matters further, I believe few successful people actually make the transition to significance, but every person of significance is successful.

    Just take a look around and you’ll see that most people use their knowledge, resources, and experience to acquire things in an attempt to satisfy their personal desires, which in their minds constitutes success. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it leaves great potential on the table when you contrast this with the people that use their knowledge, resources, and experience to serve and benefit others, which by my standards constitutes significance. Just as success must be defined before it can be achieved, so must significance. While both require sacrifice, success comes at a great price and is often based upon the compromise of values. Significance on the other hand is driven by personal values and is a gift that cannot be purchased.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.