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.

Matt Everitt | Filmmaker

My idea of success used to be defined exclusively by external factors: how many likes did a post get, did a film I directed get in to a prestigious festival, etc. Spoiler alert: It was never enough. I kept moving the metric for success further and further away because I didn’t know how to find motivation that wasn’t rooted in the feeling that I wasn’t good enough. I’ve done a lot of work (with my therapist and some incredible friends) to refine success by internal factors. Rather than metrics, success is a lot more about the questions I ask myself along the way. Am I proud of the work I’m making? Does it reveal something in the world that brings me peace? Am I better at my craft than I was yesterday? Read more>>

Monica Yates | Trauma Healer, Feminine/Masculine Embodiment Coach and Period Whisperer

I define success as being able to climb into bed with a full heart and a smile on your face. I define it as waking up in the morning being excited for what the day has in store, having freedom to do what you want with your days (most of the time), looking in the mirror and being happy and proud with the person that you see, having your heart overflowing with love, being loved and loving someone else. I define success as being proud of what you do day-to-day, being able to live your life on your terms and always being able to put your personal life ahead of your professional life. Read more>>

Ian Kersey | Content Creator & Entrepreneur

I define success as a constant journey toward a specific goal with a predetermined executed plan. I have never defined success by an amount of money or recognition but rather by becoming an individual who is able to set a goal and continuously move toward their vision, no matter the outcome. Success to me is becoming a person that is able to turn my ideas into reality and provide value to others with no expectations in return. The most important part of success for me is the quality of the journey towards reaching the desired goal and just having fun with it. Anyone who is progressively improving 1% every day is a success regardless of their financial or social status. Read more>>