Living with Less is the New Definition of Success

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Success means different things to each of us, and my own definition of success has changed over time, especially over the last 10 years.

When I think about the way I measure success, it makes me smile that my measurement system has changed so dramatically.

  • I used to think success meant climbing the corporate ladder. Today, writing every day, connecting with kind people, making art, and finding ways to serve is how I define success.
  • I used to think success meant taking grand vacations, but today my success happens when I have time to take a walk every morning.
  • I used to think success meant a closet full of name brand clothes. Today, dressing with 33 items or less feels so good.
  • I used to think success was directly related to my bank account. Today, when I want to tap into success, I go to my heart first.
  • I used to think success meant being better, and getting ahead, but now I see that success comes from lifting other people up.
  • I used to think I needed more for success. More money, a bigger home, more stuff, and giant goals. Today, I know living with less is my new definition of success. I am happier and healthier because I own less stuff, live in a small space, and create goals around things that really mean something to me.

Success is the people around me, doing work I love, and taking care of my body, brain, heart, and soul. It’s time to celebrate the idea that success can be small, gentle, aligned with what really matters, and within and for a community. We are all in this together.

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