The definition of success

A conference speaker mentioned that even though his company went under, he still considered it a success.

"Everyone defines success differently," he said.


I don't think so.

Success isn't "failing, but learning something from it." No. Failing, but still learning something is just that – a failure that you learned from.

You don't succeed at building a house if it falls to pieces the first time you try the door.

You didn't succeed at driving across the continental US if you only made it to Kansas.

That's called a failure. Pretending it's something different, pretending it's a success, is worse than failing – it's blind ignorance.

Let's call our failures, failures. And let's call our successes, successes.

Mourn the failures. Praise the successes. But don't define yourself by either.