What Does It Mean to Be Successful?

After working in a business for some time, you may begin to ask yourself, “What does it mean to be successful?” Although it’s better that you’re asking yourself this question now rather than later, this should have been something that you asked yourself from the very beginning.

Not having this question answered is like wearing a blindfold and spinning yourself around a thousand times before shooting a gun at a target. At best, you’re going to miss your target.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger, professional athlete, or the President of the United States of America; If you don’t know what it means to be successful, then you may as well be that blind, dizzy dude attempting to shoot a target.

For the longest time, I had a foggy perception about success, and what I thought it really meant to be successful. For me, success was defined by things.

Unfortunately, when we define success by the things that we desire, we’re setting ourselves up for a long road of unhappiness, accompanied by irrational decisions that will ultimately cause us to fail.

Have you ever done something just for the money?

At some point in your life, money has influenced a decision of yours. I don’t care if it was for $1.00 or $1,000,000. At some point in time, you have made a decision based solely on your Return on Investment.

So let me ask you this: What do the top 10 most famous guys in the world all have in common?

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. William Shakespeare
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Michael Jackson
  5. Abraham Lincoln
  6. Gandhi
  7. Leonardo Da Vinci
  8. George Washington
  9. Mozart
  10. John Lennon

Each of these guys had the desire to be the best at what they loved to do. Do you think any of these guys did what they did because they wanted to become rich and/or famous, first?

If we can learn anything from almost anyone who has ever been successful it’s this: In order to become successful, you truly have to do something that you enjoy doing.

“Tell me something I don’t know,” right?

We all know that it’s important to do what we love, and although it seems like common sense, many people, myself included, seem to develop a foggy perception of what success really is.

When your perception of success is foggy, you begin developing ideas, but not because they’re helpful to you or others, but because on paper, they seem like they will make you a lot of money.

If your perception of success has been foggy from the beginning, you have failed.

This brings me back to the person who I was truly writing this post for: myself. This may surprise you, but out of all of the guys that could be writing this post, I had probably had one of the foggiest perceptions of what success really was.

After 4 years of being an Internet Marketer, I would estimate that 95% of my projects have failed, because I had a foggy perception from the beginning. The money looked good on paper, but the projects always failed.

That’s why I am going to stop blogging for 91 days.

I was talking to my blogging buddy from Muscle Monsters a few months back, and I was running my blogging schedule over with him. A little older and a little wiser than myself, Alain asked me the question,

“You are busy and you are working, but you are not just doing busy work, right?”

To be honest, the question threw me a little off guard, and it kind of pissed me off, because I was doing a ton of work.

A few months go by, and we are now in present time. I am still unhappy with where I am at with my business, and although I am making a little more money than I was making, I am not making enough.

Just a few hours before writing this post, I began thinking of other ways that I could make money online. I didn’t realize it, but my perception was still foggy. I was ignorantly making things look good on paper, when 2 months later, it would ultimately lead to another mark in the ‘L’ column.

Fortunately, it finally hit me: By “busy” work, Alain wanted to know if I was working for the right reasons.

“Are you just doing this for the money?”

When I realized that I was about to make the same mistake that caused 95% of my previous projects to fail, I crumpled the paper, and I narrowed it down to the basics.

What I do does not define who I am. Who I am defines what I do. I am a guy who loves:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Football
  • Video Games
  • People
  • Expression
  • Freedom
  • Helping 
  • Fitness
  • Movies
  • Cartoons

Once I knew who I was and what I loved doing, I circled the subjects that I could turn into a business. With 91 Day Challenge, I can become fit, meet new friends, and help others become fit while doing it.

When you relieve yourself from the foggy perception of what success really is, and begin doing things because you love doing them, you’re categorizing yourself with the most famous and successful people who have ever roamed Earth.

From this day forward, I am going to do things for the right reasons. I am tired of busy work. I want to do what makes me happy, and I want to do what makes my followers happy.

In case you were wondering, 91 Day Challenge has never been about the money. This site falls in the 5% of my successful Internet Marketing projects. It hasn’t made a lot of money, but it has helped well over 300 people.

91 Day Challenge is here to stay, and I am proud to say that it’s here to stay for the right reasons.