How Do You Define Success?

Today's quotation from livinglifefully.com:

"It takes courage to buck the tide, but once you start to experience the freedom that comes from actively creating your own interpretation of success, you’ll find it easy to move on from people who haven’t yet figured out that having it all or spending long hours at an unsatisfying job will never define who they truly are, no matter how high the pay."

--Elaine St. James

Today's Meditation:

"'Actively creating your own interpretation of success.' These are words that none of us should miss, and that all of us should pay close attention to. Do you define success based on what other people call 'success,' or do you know what you want to do with your life and do your best to reach your goals on your own terms? Do you consider yourself a failure if you don't reach other people's expectations, or are you happy to be doing what you know to be important in your life?...

"Doing things on our terms can be difficult, for other people can't always be expected to understand where we're coming from. But we have to define our own terms for ourselves, and we have to live our lives for ourselves, searching for our own contentment and satisfaction if we're ever to be able to help others find theirs.

"Questions to consider:

How do you define success?

How do we fall into the trap of seeing success as being what everyone else defines it to be?

What are some of the possible obstacles that we face if we define success on our own terms? What are some of the possible benefits?
For further thought:

"The logic of worldly success rests on fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other people."

--Thomas Merton