The Definition Of Success

In Earl Nightingale’s audiobook, The Strangest Secret, he said that “success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”

Successful people are those who are working towards some worthy goal or ideal.


First of all, decide what facet of your life you’re looking to succeed in. Remember the definition of success – it’s the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.

So, what’s your worthy goal or ideal?

In fact, don’t just stop at one. Select a goal for each of the three main areas of your life: money, health and relationships. We all know people who are great at one of these areas and lousy at the other two. Would you consider them successful people?

You don’t want to reach financial success at the expense of your health and your relationships, for example. You want to be moving towards your ideal health, relationships and monetary situation.


Some people might think they can focus on just one of the three areas for now, and leave the others for later. They’ll say, “I’ll start exercising once my business takes off,” or, “I’ll start paying off my debts after I fix my relationship problems.”

But it doesn’t work that way. You need to be working on all three areas simultaneously.

Do you agree that if the people close to you are miserable and not happy, that negativity will leak into your own habits and productivity? Or, that when you’re sick and your only goal is to get back to health, you can’t get anything else done? Or, that when you have more bills than income, you can’t focus and think clearly?

Each of the three areas affects the other two. So, if you’re seeking success in business, you’ll have a much easier time reaching it if you work on your health and relationships concurrently.