What is Success?

Is the guy that makes a ton of money but doesn’t know his kids successful?

Is the guy that builds wealth for years but at the same time, loses his health successful?

Is the guy that constantly loses his cool and yells at his wife successful?

I don’t know. 

Because I don’t know how these people define success. 

To me…according to my personal definition of success they would be successful in some areas, but very unsuccessful in others. 

But I’m not here to judge anyone.

I only write this because for a long time I had one picture of success …and it had to do with my performance in my business. 

As I grow personally, it’s much different.

Here’s an example of how success has changed for me…

Personally, I struggled with being present, still do sometimes. 

But for a long while, I would not be able to shut my mind off on the last day of a vacation. 

I’d go into this hole of what I needed to do to be prepared for the next day, and many times would leave the vacation early. 

This past Memorial Day, I was planning on doing this again, going home early to be ready for work…Vanessa was totally cool with it, so it wasn’t like my family was forcing me to stick around, they know I’ve got a lot flying around. 

Instead of leaving early I decided to stay and go on a boat ride with my Brother-in-Law, then take the family out to dinner (aka…Enjoy life). 

You work hard in business to be able to go on the boat and take the family out to dinner. 

These are the moments you work for. 

Your work is not your moment…at least it’s not for me…anymore.

I was engaged and happy to be with them…even if the work day was looming.

This was a success for me…making progress in an area I lack.

As a deep thinker, I have spent ample time pondering my definition of success. 

It has 10 parts to it, and is still a work in progress.

But without this thinking and deep work, I think people default to society’s definition of success.

Is the football coach that impacted thousands of lives and was a second father to many…not a successful man?

Regardless of how much he earned?

I’m not saying financial freedom is not important. 

It is. 

It’s very important because financial freedom helps you be more successful in all other areas of your life. 

When you have financial freedom you can invest in your health, take care of other people, create memorable experiences, etc. 

But, at the end of the day, I’ve learned to appreciate things I never used to appreciate, and it’s only because I’ve shifted my idea of what success truly is. 

Hope this gets you thinking.

Vince Gabriele

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