Success Is Subjective

Success and abundance have been popular topics lately (Depending on where you look on social media and what you’re reading). While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be successful (We all want it to some degree), it is wrong to assume everyone has the same definition of success. There are many different ways someone can be successful.

What is abundance anyway? I’ve had a lot of time and opportunity to explore what’s important to me. I’ve found what I really value is the simpler life. Sure, I like to splurge on good food, skin care, or a new outfit sometimes, but overall I’ve realized it’s the day-to-day life that you need to be happy with. It’s not the highlights and exciting moments that bring you real contentment or build the life you want (They’re momentary pleasures). Having a solid routine, living where you want to live, being happy with yourself as you are, and living a meaningful lifestyle are so key to one’s overall happiness. Whether you have a lot of money or a little, finding happiness from within is where you start to find real success because you’re going to appreciate everything you have rather than always wanting more.

How is abundance defined? Abundance is the opposite of scarcity. “Scarcity mindset” believes there’s only slim pickings available and you’d better take what you can get while you can. Having an “abundance mindset” means that you realize there are many opportunities, options, and resources available to you right now. I haven’t focused much on abundance or prosperity in years, however, in my pursuit of living a balanced life, I inadvertently found abundance in a way that was meaningful to me. People will be better off knowing and believing that there’s a lot life has to offer them than thinking they’ve been struck with some sort of bad luck and can only take what they can get.

What is abundance for me? My idea of abundance is feeling a sense of peace, being able to create, close proximity to nature, having my own place, time to take care of myself, and nurturing important relationships. There’s no universal right or wrong way to exist – as long as you’re being true to yourself and your needs.

Some people might say “She could have been a huge success had she worked ‘harder’ or focused more on her career.” In reality, it’s on this path that I found genuine peace – the kind that makes me look forward to the future rather than dread it. I’m aware of my personal struggles and areas of improvement – those are mine to deal with. In the same way I don’t think it’s my job to point the finger at others and try to determine what their struggles or short comings are, it’s no one’s right to tell me that I’m not successful enough. Only you can determine what success is for yourself. It’s no one else’s business.

So, if you find the concept of chasing abundance and prosperity to be inspiring or motivating, by all means, go for it. I personally found that looking for balance and peace gave me that same sense of success, even if most of that wasn’t monetary. Some of it did involve switching my mindset about saving money and budgeting. That was an area of improvement for me as I used to only live for the day, so to speak. I’m now content with where I am and what I’m doing to maintain a balanced life. You never really know someone’s internal state – they might seem to be falling short of their potential or living a boring life, but if they’re content that’s what really matters.

If you’re inspired/content/excited to wake up every day and like where you live, you’re operating in more than abundance, you’re living in peace. If you have yet to feel that way about life, then there’s nothing to worry about because you can and will get there. It just takes a little patience and some calculated steps to live a life you love. The first thing to do is figure out what’s important to you and what kind of life you can imagine yourself living on a daily basis.

Thanks so much for reading today!


  1. I remember this topic came up in elementary school. Our family didn’t have much and this question had a profound effect on me since no one had given me an opportunity to consider what my version of success would be. I thought long and hard and decided that,if I had more than one pair of shoes. Real butter (not margarine) and fresh milk(not powdered) then I would feel successful. When I had attained those things on my own I did truly feel success. Compared to that, now, I live in great abundance, and am grateful everyday, but I carry that feeling of my first accomplishment if success every day. Its pretty grounding to reflect on. Thanks for posting.

    • Wow that’s wonderful that you were able to consider what success is as a child. That really set you up for gratitude. 😊 I’m glad you’ve felt successful for a long time now. Also. That’s true having good food I’d a major success in itself.

  2. Inspiring blog post Sara. Wise words here and I agree to some degree that success is subjective. Success starts and end with you and your life like you said it is no one’s business only yours. I too am happy with the day to day and the fact that each day is a new day to dig out that success through constant consistency, effort, focus and clear about what you want to acquire instead of being greedy or being eager to be overly abundant. For example, I want to reach more followers in my blog and that will happen through being happy with the little traffic coming and be glad with the 197 follows I have so farπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘

  3. You are so right. I love this sentence “finding happiness from within is where you start to find real success because you’re going to appreciate everything you have rather than always wanting more.”

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