An interesting thing happened in the article about Tyler Perry’s tips for success. While many would label the director-actor-studio head successful, several of the commenters wondered what the term “success” really means.

Like most abstract things in life (love, happiness, contentment), success is not easily defined and often depends on the individual person. Some base it on achieving a set of goals, while others may peg it to attaining some level of financial or societal power.

Whether you like Perry and his films or not, it’s hard to deny that he’s been able to build a loyal fan base, a massive bank account, and he loves what he does. But is he “successful”?

Do you have to be financially comfortable to be successful or can you simply be living the life that you want?

How do you define success, Clutchettes? What does YOUR successful life look like?


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  • Ann

    Success to me is owning my home outright, having a supportive family, and being able to go on vacations a couple times per year.

  • Being happy, healthy, and wealthy(financially & spiritually). I guess in a more tangible sense:loving my job,contributing positive things to society, traveling, owning atleast one home, and having amazing family & friends. I’d like to earn enough to send my children to school & abroad w/o loans & have enough time to share my success & happiness with them.

  • fuchsia

    Reaching set goals is successful to me. I have my 1 year plan, 5 year plan, 10 year plan, and as long as I stay on the right track and reach every mile stone in the process I see myself as successful, and that’s before I reach the end of any plan. A fulfilling career is more about how I spend my time than collecting a pay check doing something I hate. I don’t think success has anything to do with money for me, because I prefer simplicity and having only what I need with the option to have the best quality. I don’t like being tied down with possessions. Good quality relationships with family and friends are also signs of success for me. Creating and building genuine life long connections is top priority and keeps me happy no matter where I am on my path.

  • O’Phylia

    Being happy where you are and not being stagnant.