What’s your definition of success?

Is greed still good or are there more important aspirations?Do we still regard the old stereotype of having an abundance of money/cars/homes means success? Or does happiness equal success?

Is the freedom to choose the life you want to live the ultimate luxury? Be that a family life, living in the country or a life of adventure - or all three!

Yes, financial stability is important however, here is what makes me love life, every minute of it:

→The Fun/Fun balance

Being able to do whatever I want to do every day is my definition of happiness, which ultimately equal success. Waking up and looking forward to the day, whichever the day is, fired up with ideas (too many in my case!) is what inspires me to get up and going. My aim is to love what I do90% of the time – the other 10% is dealing with finances or fixing technical errors, never fun for me but obviously a joy if that’s what you love to do!


→Being able to travel

Travel is my main motivation, outside the need to eat, be warm etc! Over the years I’ve changed my business it works around my life and love of travel rather than having the other way around. In recent years, I’ve put my lifestyle first and everything else around that. It’s amazing how much more successful I feel now!

→Surrounded by fabulous people

Collaborating with and mixing only with people I want to is vital to my success and well-being.  I strive to choose my clients, my colleagues and partners and surround myself with enthusiastic, happy and positive people.

→Fresh coffee. Good cake

Do I need to explain that one?!

People often comment on how lucky I am to do what I love, live where I want, travel and be who I want to be. I’ll share what I say to them – luck has nothing to do with it! We make our own luck and can change anything about our lives, anytime. If we want to badly enough.

What’s your definition of success? Have you already achieved success without knowing it?

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What does success mean to you?

Success for me is unlikely to be defined by money.

Of course we need money and we all mainly aspire to a comfortable life. Ultimately, what does that look like to you?
To me, success is much more than financial gain; it is enjoying life, reward, fulfillment, growing and being happy every day. Above all, success means freedom.
There are 100s of business coaches out there promising to increase your turnover along with 1000's of online marketeer types who more often than not have 'aspirational speaker' types. But would you rather have all the money in the world or would you take good health, great friends, being surrounded by family, love, making your own decisions, having no money worries and looking forward to each great, new day?
I started my own business in 2004 for the freedom to make my own decisions. After all, if it had been about earning more money, I would have stayed in the corporate world!
This is what success means to me: Freedom
I'm free to do what I want, any old time
  • Success means the freedom to take on the projects you want to work on. Would you like to choose what you work on every single day? As long as the revenue is steady, you can work on whatever you want to.
  • Freedom to engage in any industry, not just the one you have experience or qualifications in. This has enabled me to create niches for myself despite not having experience from the corporate world. It is unlikely I would be doing the work I'm doing now, specialising in supporting the micro business, if I was a full time employee. I know many people who are working for themselves in completely different fields to their corporate worlds from copywriter to photographer, social worker to baker and nurse to marketing.
  • Working with people you want to and choosing your own clients, suppliers and partners. This enables you to work only with inspiring, positive and helpful people. Would you like your world filled just with these great individuals?
  • To spend your time working the way you want to, trying out methods, tools and ideas as you go. Success for me is loving all seven days of the week. I love Mondays!
  • Being productive whenever and wherever you like. Every day, my trusty laptop and I work from my favourite local indie coffee houses and quite often on the train. A few times a year, it comes with me to the countryside, another city or abroad. If you love what you do, why stop doing it? If you are productive and your clients like you enough to come to you, you decide when you want to work, whenever you are inspired to do so.

Personally, success means I get to travel around the world, several times a year, working or not working. As I always say, all I need is coffee and travel!

What does success mean to you? Please do add your comments below (do it before 22nd November and be put in a draw to win a FREE 30 minute phone one2one).
By Rickie, Crafty Skills
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5 Steps That Get You Nearer To Your Goals Every Single Day

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines


There have been so many requests for goal setting workshops this year, it's a good time to share some of the basic steps to help you achieve yours. After all, if you can see the target, you are more likely to hit it!

  1. Decide what you want in each area of your life. Be specific and write it all down with a deadline for each main goal.
  2. Break your main goals into smaller chunks and assign short-term, achievable deadlines for each.
  3. Make a list of everything you need to do to achieve these goals. Organise your list into priority order.
  4. Read your goals out aloud every morning before you start your day.
  5. Go through your list and do something every single day to help you reach your goals. Just one phone call or 10 minutes of research means you are nearer to reaching your goals.

Do change your goals as you feel fit. As you get new ideas, your priorities will change so update your goals to what’s more important to you right now.

Finally, reward yourself for achieving your short term goals, even it’s just cracking open a packet of the ‘good’ biscuits with your afternoon coffee! Celebrate every achievement!

Pleases email to find out more about goal setting session.