When defining success, everyone will have a different answer. We compared the definitions of success from two corporate women (Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-chief if Huffington Post and Federica Marchionno, president of Dolce & Gabbana) with quotes of success from two creative women (Carrie Fisher and Maya Angelou, both famous actress and novelists). Whether you are a more creative or a number-driven kind of person, check out our list of motivational and inspirational quotes on success, achievements and goals, that will inspire you to reflect on your own definition of success!
The corporate girls:
… More than just money + power
As the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, the title of “successful” is undoubtedly deserved. She is a tough businesswoman and made it to the very top. For Arianna, success is not only the combination of money and power. For her, a third metric must be added. “To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric,” she says, “a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Together, those factors help you to take care of your psychological life and truly be successful, or as the title of her new book suggests, “Thrive”.
… A journey
“Success, to me, doesn’t just come from work — it comes from many channels. The more balanced you are, the better. But it’s a journey. You don’t get there in a day, or in a few years. You slowly become more and more wise, and more successful,” says Federica Marchionni, president at Dolce & Gabbana. Federicas corporate life itself has been a journey; maybe that’s what she bases her own definition of success on. She started her career in the fast growing technology industry and later brought her business experience into the world of luxury by working for Dolce & Gabbana.
…An unachievable aim
Carrie is an actress, successful novelist, screenwriter and performance artist. Unlike Arianna and Federica, she defines success as a state you will never reach: “There is no point at which you can say, “Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.” In her eyes, success is something you work on every day and your entire life. It is not something finite that you “reach,” it is a constant process.
… Liking yourself
Dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees could be seen as evidence of success. Maya Angelou is a famous American dancer, actress and singer. She is also an author of seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several books of poetry who created a decent list of plays, movies and TV shows for more than 50 years. When considering achievements as a measure of success, Maya’s is outstanding. However, she defines success as something that comes from the inside: “success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”