Webster doesn’t know everything. Some words can’t be defined by a dictionary. Rather they are defined by our values, ethos, and principles. We asked hidden gems from the community about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Daniel Rona | Painter & Illustrator

Success to me is winning the little battles along the way of our journey we are all on. I’ve never really looked at success as a huge, end all goal but rather the building blocks that, to me, can play into a the bigger picture. It can be setting goals and completing them – making a painting, selling a painting, having an art show, and even the most monotonous of things such as waking up in the morning and self care. Read more>>

Nouna Daamen | Creative Director & Visual Artist

I think people often link success to (career) accomplishments and wealth. Success, in my opinion, cannot be defined by the house you live in or your job position. I like to think of success in terms of how happy you are with what you are doing in your day-to-day life and the overall quality of your life. A top salary and top position might bring you satisfaction, pride and an easy life in terms of not having to worry about finances, but it does not automatically mean that you are happy. If I wake up excited to start my day, find fulfilment and joy in the work that I get to do, and go to bed satisfied, then it is a successful day for me. Read more>>

Vincent Jacob | Singer/Songwriter in the band Yard Of Blondes

Success is usually synonymous with recognition. That’s why it is important and goes beyond the idea of becoming financially rich. It’s first and foremost a matter of offering something from oneself to the world and seek for validation. Also, success doesn’t usually come overnight and is mostly built on many successful failures. The problem we face is we live in a society that only values the outcome, not the itinerary. Thus, it doesn’t matter if you achieve recognition as long as you have it. Thus the world of influencers in which we live since the rise of social platforms. Read more>>

Aaron Quini | Dancer, BLOC LA; Creative Director, Snowglobe Perspective

If I had been asked this question a few years ago, my response probably would have sounded something like ‘to be successful is to be happy’. Now, I realize that it’s not always so simple. No matter the chosen path, anyone’s success is found through RESULTS; One cannot be successful without first having a goal, a desire, or a dream–the idea of success also does not exist without the idea of failure. Sometimes, the goal is not to reach a tangible place, but rather to simply experience a certain feeling or emotion (e.g. happiness!). In this case, success can be defined by ‘being happy’. Personally, success is defined in numerous ways. Read more>>