Success. It’s something we dress for, strive for, work towards. We wish it upon others as well as ourselves, but what is it? What is success?

Ariela Revah | Airbnb Property Hostess & Manager

I define success as a measure of growth. If we look at the etymology of the word success, we see that it quite literally means “next move”. Success cannot be confined to a one-size-fits-all target, like a $ amount or a status, because this stagnant definition implies the exact opposite of movement. Not to mention, this definition opens room for comparison to others, which as we all know, can quickly strip the pleasures inherent to success altogether. When I define success as growth, I am measuring it against my past self and my potential self, which not only motivates me to progress, but also makes the success of others irrelevant in the determination of my own. To me, growth is anything that embraces new experiences, knowledge, and challenges. I see this in my own son, who I watch progress in a positive direction every day. To children, novelty abounds, and growth is inevitable – each day is filled with new friends, new words, new tastes, new textures. Read more>>

Isadora Badi | Senior Vice President of Marketing, ONE Sotheby’s

I define it as creating a career and a life you are passionate about. That will be different for everyone. I always had to create my own path instead of settling for a role or direction someone else imagined for me. I love working with research and data, as well as art and culture, blending all these references to create a new campaign, a new service or product. It’s inspiring to build something new and scale that up to reach as many people as possible. Throughout my career I had moments when an opportunity came up for a new role, business or promotion that seemed perfect on paper, but didn’t check all the boxes for me, and I passed. It was someone else’s idea of success, not mine. We spend a major part of our lives at work! That is life! And it has to be deeply personal and meaningful. Read more>>

Lucas Riquenes | Illustrator and Visual Development Artist

I believe, success is achieving a goal, big or small. The goal may be finishing a piece of art or earning a promotion. Achieving goals are a measure of success for me, I believe people at times get deterred from reaching their dreams or goals because they are comparing their accomplishments to others. Thoughts such as, “I only have done this when another person has done so much more.” are detrimental. I choose not to have this mentality and strive on – I’m achieving my goals at my pace and style. Read more>>

April Dawn Agnew | 3rd Grade Teacher, Certified Life Coach, Foreign Field Missionary, and Author

Success for me is showing up, as your best self, accomplishing goals at a “God” pace! It is maturing and developing as well as overcoming whatever obstacles you may face at any given point on your journey! It is emptying yourself of the wisdom you’ve gained by pouring into those who walk the path you’ve paved! Success is believing you are the amazing being God created you to be, even when you fail or falter along the way! Success is going at it again and again, no matter how many times you’ve been knocked down or even after you’ve slowed down or stopped!. Read more>>

Gracie Ruiz | Creator

This question always seems to arise when you’re making decisions on what you should do with the rest of your life. But that’s just it. Success isn’t measured by the amount of money or connections you have. It’s measured in happiness and knowledge. I believe that being happy in what you do and sharing that happiness and knowledge with others is succession at life itself. Read more>>