What does success look like to you?

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@KiLoIt has changed over time for me as well..Success is very simple to me – I set up a goal, plan the steps required to achieve it, and then I implement that plan effectively. I attain success once I achieve my goals.
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I'm in my 40s now. I grew up with little money so success, to me, was mostly financial. I spent years developing a very successful career with a high six-figure income. I could casually purchase luxury goods, and take lovely trips every year. I now make very little money, and I feel far more fulfilled in my life. When I left my job of 14 years, I thought I was taking "friendships" with me. However, many of those fizzled within the first year of my leaving and I realized what a shaky foundation they had all been built on. I, fortunately, have always maintained a very close group of 4-5 friends, plus I'm very close with my family - we all live within 20 miles of each other. I've found that building a foundation of close, supportive people that truly love you is incredible wealth, and harder to find than we realize. I also love the outdoors so I always have something to do that doesn't necessarily cost a lot of money to enjoy. I don't miss luxury goods at all but I do miss eating out as often as I used to, trying new restaurants out. Still, it doesn't interfere with my happiness; I just miss it sometimes. Finally, I have a relationship that I have prioritized enough in my life that we will celebrate 15 years together this year. That gives me happiness and joy. You can build a lot on top of a foundation like this. My start-up has been a heck of a journey - hard, isolating, lonely, and did I say hard?! My foundation of people has made the difference. I now say that is success.