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Old 12-29-2017, 12:11 PM   #1
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I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. He said he wanted to be successful. I should have asked him what he meant by that.

I'd like to hear your thoughts.

In you mind what does it mean to be successful? Is this depend on how much you make? How much do you have to make to be successful?


What does it mean be rich?

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Old 12-29-2017, 01:05 PM   #2
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Success requires too many burnt calories. On the other hand, contentment is a frame of mind that's also free.
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To me, with my life and the things i went through as a child and teenager, just surviving and being able to feed and house myself to adulthood made me a success. Just like the question "does the universe end", it is a question that is relative to the observer and there is no one answer. Someone who was raised in a home with both parents who never once had to struggle to feed their children or pay the lease would think they were a complete failure if they were in my shoes today.

But i have lived a life that few people are able to live. Especially for someone who had one parent, the fact that i finished college (4 years anyway) and paid for it myself, and today have my own (but still struggling) business, that in my mind makes me successful.
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Changing one's vocabulary from I want, to I have, will greatly increase the chances of success.
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One of my friends from college brought this up a few years ago when we were sitting around shooting the breeze:

"If I want to go buy a burger, I'll buy a GD burger."

I liked the expression and he is doing extremely well in the finance sector...several magnitudes more than I do.

Small freedoms are pretty satisfying
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From a business perspective, being successful for me is being well enough established with repeat business and quality referrals to be able to be selective about what jobs we take.

I’m not going to delve into all the inner peace and being content with one’s lot in life crappola.
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From a business perspective, being successful for me is being well enough established with repeat business and quality referrals to be able to be selective about what jobs we take.

I’m not going to delve into all the inner peace and being content with one’s lot in life crappola.
But from a business standpoint, and as a solo operator, didn't you just express contentment with one's lot?

I thought the whole point of this thread was to understand that success is relative. And success doesn't necessarily mean having the most ideal work, or lifestyle situation according to what society's and marketing expectations are.

I consider myself pretty successful having raised a family, owning a home, and securing a good retirement on a painter's income, all while living in a very expensive region of the US. Yet it means nothing if I'm not content. Therefore, I appreciate what I have rather than what I want. I determine my success, not others determining it for me.
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successful in what?

Life? Love? Job? Happiness? Money?

many layers of success

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But from a business standpoint, and as a solo operator, didn't you just express contentment with one's lot?

I thought the whole point of this thread was to understand that success is relative. And success doesn't necessarily mean having the most ideal work, or lifestyle situation according to what society's and marketing expectations are.

I consider myself pretty successful having raised a family, owning a home, and securing a good retirement on a painter's income, all while living in a very expensive region of the US. Yet it means nothing if I'm not content. Therefore, I appreciate what I have rather than what I want. I determine my success, not others determining it for me.
I simply meant I was going to keep my response more germane to a forum for professional painters rather than go all philosophical. I also wrote the last sentence with my tongue more than a little in my cheek.

Though I will stand by my opinion that being successful professionally is being able to have a “f** k that” attiutude when it comes to deciding what you will or won’t take on. And although that is a somewhat simplified (as well as crass) assessment, I think most here will understand what I mean.
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For some people the definition of success is money or material gains both in their personal and business lives. I have a friend who swears up and down how successful he is by his big house, vehicles, boats, and toys as evidence. He's also up to his ass in debt. Doesn't have enough in the bank or business assets to cover his debt. I guess if that's his definition of success, so be it.

Business-wise my definition of success was reaching realistic goals, having great employees, and happy customers.

Personal-wise, it was the self-confidence of knowing I was out there giving it my best everyday as a husband, father, friend, and business owner.

Anything above that was a bonus.
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Being successful means making more money than your wife can spend
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I struggle with the idea of success on a daily basis. If success is untold riches, I have failed. If success is a family that loves and respects me even though I struggle at times to provide for them, then I have success. I also have success in terms of great relationships with customers who are thrilled with the service I provide that doesn't put a terrible dent in their bank account. I can walk down the street and not worry that an angry customer is gonna grab me by the throat and throw me against a wall. There's great contentment for me in my old age knowing that I give my very best each and every time I pick up a paint brush.
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Personally, I measure success by the amount of peace I feel on any given day...the rest is just growth. I've grown a lot, struggled a lot, tried to measure up to others expectations a lot (including my self imposed, completely unrealistic expectations of myself)and worried a lot about things that just really don't matter. I live within my means, try to be helpful when I can, be as sarcastic as I can get away with and find humor in the darkest places. None of it is perfect but all of it is progress.
Can't drag a uhaul behind a hearst, growth is sometimes painful and relationships have more value than all the gold in the world. Especially the relationship I have with myself. Inner conflict and pressure is a waste of energy (We all experience stress at times) I just choose not to live in it.
Is that success? For today it is. Might grow into something different tomorrow though, who knows...as long as I'm on this side of the dirt I get the opportunity to find out!

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I simply meant I was going to keep my response more germane to a forum for professional painters rather than go all philosophical. I also wrote the last sentence with my tongue more than a little in my cheek.

Though I will stand by my opinion that being successful professionally is being able to have a “f** k that” attiutude when it comes to deciding what you will or won’t take on. And although that is a somewhat simplified (as well as crass) assessment, I think most here will understand what I mean.
Yup! And amen to that!

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Being successful means making more money than your wife can spend

great idea, in theory, but impossible in real life
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great idea, in theory, but impossible in real life
Now there is the voice of experience. And for that, you have my deepest condolences chrisn.
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