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What does Success mean to YOU?

At a recent event, four amazing women discussed issues that have plagued women since we were encouraged to burn our bras. The Mind Warriors event was a fundraiser for Red Socks Day and  the Peter Blake Foundation. It was part of Leadership Week here in New Zealand.


As Sarah Trotman, Victoria Cross, Shelley Campbell and Jacinda Ardern discussed issues like success, leadership, what matters today for business women and the existence of the glass ceiling, I  looked around the audience.

The age and backgrounds of the women attending was diverse. I watched some heads nod to agree with the panelist’s comments while other faces looked puzzled about the words and concepts. One of the questions from the audience was about the language used by young women compared to the language of the panelists and the meaning that the words and concepts had.

As I drove away after the event, I examined some of the research I undertook to create “Who Stole My Success?”

One concept that stood out….call it what you want success is personal.

What does success mean?

Some people think success is a destination, an address or a set of possessions. Others find success from pleasing their parents or their peers. And for others,success is a particular career or holding a certain role.

Over the years, I have learned that  success is transient. One minute you feel successful and the next you can feel inadequate to the task. One minute you are up and the next….

When I researched the success thieves, the goal was to help people understand what a word means to them and how their interpretation of that word influences their choices, actions and feelings.

My children and my grandchildren have different meanings of the word success. For my granddaughter success means winning the prize, being the best, being liked. For my sons it is often about surviving and getting ahead or just seeing a project completed and sitting back and enjoying the success.

Success means different things to everyone I talk to.

What does it mean to you?

Share your definition below and let’s see if we can get new pictures and understandings of what success means.

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  • Wendy Johnson July 20, 2013, 1:22 am

    Success for me means being able to retire with diginity. I’d like to be able to leave something to my grand children, that would make a difference in their lives. This is something I think about quite often. It also means my children are doing well and can support themselves in their careers. I know it means something totally different for them because they have to have the latest everything! Me coming from a very different generation believed that savings and having something for the future was most important.

    I have never been very materialist because my parents made due with what they had, they were never the laterst and greatest type of parents. They had excellent credit and lived within their means. To me that is the level of success I am hoping to achieve. If I can accomplish that it would be great!

    • Roberta Budvietas July 20, 2013, 7:06 am

      Fabulous that you know what success means to you. One question – why retire? The third quarter of your live may be the most fun?

  • Shaun Hoobler July 22, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring post. For me, success means achieving my goals and finding happiness in doing so. Life is too short to get stuck doing something you don’t love.
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  • silver price July 25, 2013, 8:13 pm

    It took Mr Carter time to want to go back. With the help of his coach he started to realise his downfall had been too much focus on his vision of success – something he ultimately had no control over.
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  • Get Smart August 23, 2013, 7:33 pm

    Maybe it’s because teaching is one of those areas where it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are, you still get paid as much as the next teacher. Maybe that’s got something to do with it. That and the hotbed of Marxist thought that dominates teacher’s colleges that maybe men, more than women, don’t want to touch with a twenty foot barge pole.
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    • Roberta Budvietas August 24, 2013, 10:22 am

      Interesting perspective. The paper war compliance is what kills more teacher careers here in NZ. Teachers get blamed when students do not want to learn because respect and good behaviour are getting rare

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