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.

Ernie González, Jr. | Actor/Acting Teacher/Director/Activist

For me, success as an actor is feeling proud of the work I put out, whether it’s successful or not. I’ll explain. A career in acting is a career in auditioning, and sometimes you book the job, but a lot of times you don’t. Like, a lot, a lot of the time. Doing your best, doing the most, and being proud of all that doing, is sometimes; all you have. Read more>>

Migue Mike Medina | Independent Filmmaker, Writer, Producer and Actor

My definition of success is not about how much money you make or you’re famous. Success to me is about meeting all of your goals. Success is about happiness. Your happiness matters. I’m creating my own short films, I’m successful. I created a web series, I’m successful. I have my own production company, I’m successful. Are there more goals that I want to accomplish? Yes. But as of right now, in my life, I feel successful. Read more>>

Jo-Jo Jackson | Integrative Wellness Practitioner: I offer instruction in Yoga & meditation, ayurvedic wellness, and sound therapeutics

This is such a great question, as success can be perceived in so many ways depending on cultural conditioning and family upbringing. For me, Success is not a quantifiable measurement of how many or how much money you earn, property you own, children you’ve birthed, degrees you’ve attained, fame you’ve acquired or anything of that material nature. I’ve come to recognize success as an experience that is linked to feelings of contentment, fulfillment & satisfaction with doing your best. Read more>>

Jon Siren | Musician

Success to me is having the ability to pursue my passion as my main task of the day. Read more>>