What Is Your Definition Of Success?

This is a serious question that I’ve spent a lot of years pondering about. “What is my personal definition of success?”

I think that over the years, the definition has changed quite a bit. in high school, it mainly revolved around sports and having a lot of friends. Back then, it seemed like all that mattered to me was fitting in and trying to be popular. When graduation day came, I experienced the first shift. Being out in the real world, I realized that being popular wasn’t going to get me very far, and it sure wasn’t going to pay for all of the financial obligations I was now responsible for. Looking around, I realized that all the people I considered successful had one thing in common – They all had a lot of money. It was then and there that I decided that the ultimate definition of success for me was to become incredibly wealthy and make a ton of money.

With my newfound belief in what would bring me satisfaction and fulfillment, all of my decisions about what I wanted to do in my life became based solely around making as much money as possible. It guided my career choices and drove me to pursue various opportunities with the thought of one day pulling out of the Ferrari dealership in my new 458 Italia and knowing that I had “arrived”.

As time went on however, I wasn’t experiencing the amount of fulfillment I thought I would achieve. I wasn’t excited about life and I never really felt passionate about what I was doing. All I was doing was working my butt off and burning out more and more as the days went on. I knew that I couldn’t keep this up forever. I knew that if I was going to be doing something for the rest of my life, it had better be something that I enjoy. This led me back to asking the question for the third time. “What is my personal definition of success?”.

Almost everyone has heard the quote “If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”. I never realized how true this statement was until I found myself once again lost, confused, but determined to find out what would bring true satisfaction and fulfillment to my life. I have always had a passion for health and fitness, but my previous definition of success kept me from pursuing any sort of occupation in the field due to the fact that it’s just not a very high paying field. But then I realized something, and it’s something that has completely shifted the course and direction of my life. It’s that, I would rather spend my whole life doing something I’m incredibly passionate about, rather than something I make more money at, but am miserable.

This mindset shift gave me a sense of liberation and excitement that had been missing in my life for a long period of time. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and I didn’t know how I was going to do it. All I knew was that I was going to find a way to do what I love every single day. I knew for certain that I would create a life that would keep me excited and fired up on a daily basis.

Since that day, I have been working diligently on creating inSHAPE and coming up with creative and better ways to add value to the people I’m serving. While I still value the importance of making money, I’ve come to the point where my success is directly correlated to the amount of happiness I’m experiencing on a daily basis. You can live no greater life than one where you wake up every day with anticipation and eagerness to get back to working on your dream.

I wrote this article for one main purpose, and it’s to tell you that regardless of what your passion is, YOU CAN MAKE A LIVING OUT OF IT. Perhaps not in the traditional sense, but listen, you don’t have to be like everyone else! Start a business around your passion. There are millions of ways to monetize your idea and make a living doing what you love, and the moment you realize and accept this is the moment your brain will start working to find a way to make it happen.

I have a deep belief that it is our duty and obligation to expand upon our gifts and talents and share them with the world.

The Elon Musks, the Steve Jobs of the world, the people driven by their passions instead of chasing the dollar are who I truly look to as examples of success. They changed the world not by trying to get as rich as possible, but by continually working to add value and share their gifts with as many people as possible. Obviously they became very wealthy as a result, but it was due to the amount of love and care they put into their product and the people with whom they shared it with.

Everyone’s definition of success is different, and I think that it constantly changes throughout the different stages of our lives. However, at the end of the day I believe we are all after the same thing, and that is to enjoy life to the fullest. To experience love, passion, and excitement as much as possible in this short period of time we have here on this earth. If you’re not experiencing the kind of life you’ve envisioned for yourself, try taking a step back and evaluating what’s most important to you. Do what makes you happy every day, and you will live an absolutely incredible life. Believe in yourself and the possibilities of making your dreams a reality, because remember, we only get one shot at this.


4 thoughts on “What Is Your Definition Of Success?”

  1. Happiness is a convertible ride near the beach with your wife in the passenger seat, your children in the back seat, and your mother-in-law in the trunk.

    Superb advice Jake. You’re making a difference. Keep up the good example. Godspeed.

  2. I agree that success means something different for everyone! ..at the end of the day we all want to be happy in all areas of our lives!..sometimes things don’t turn the way we wish or the way we anticipated!..Stuff happens… challenges happen! But we need to keep moving forward and not giving up in our dreams!..keep being happy regardless of some difficult circumstances which is very very hard skill to have! But is possible! I think being successful is fully using your talents and discover new ones alone the way! Being happy and going to sleep at night with a peace of mind that you give your all! .. yes money is important! But is not the most important thing! I have come across very very wealthy people who cannot sleep at night because they struggle in other areas of their life !! They aren’t truly happy!… Success like everything else in life takes hard work! .. sometimes you win sometimes you lose but we need to keep moving forward ????

    1. Jake Kocherhans

      Exactly. I would rather make less money and be extremely happy each day, than make a ton of money and feel miserable. That’s what life is all about! Money can be a catalyst for good, and for creating experiences in our lives, but it’s not what’s going to bring true fulfillment to us.

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