Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Maggie Ek | Actor

This is a tricky one! My answer to this has changed so much throughout my life. As a child, success was to be a “star” on Broadway. In college, to book a Broadway show right after I graduated. Now, I see it as being able to support myself and make a living as a full-time actor. I have months where I have found this success, and other months where I’m struggling a bit more. I think in life, success comes in waves, and the best thing to do is to try and find a “win’ for yourself, or even if you are not currently “successful” try and do something each day that takes you one step closer to that success. Read more>>

Caitlyn Lubas | Travel Author and Consumer Product Strategist

I would say that I’ve lived a successful life if I accomplish my dreams, on my terms. For me, that definition of success means following my heart and working on projects, products, and creative pursuits that matter to me and align with things I’m passionate about like travel, music, and community. If I can spend my time doing work that I am uniquely positioned to do, while enjoying it and making an impact on others’ lives, that is the greatest form of success. Read more>>

Elthia | Indie Pop Artist

I think we often define our success by other peoples’ metrics – streams, fans, numbers, followers – but I think it’s most important to define your own success on your terms, by how much the work means to you. In my work, I feel most successful when I really genuinely like the work I produce, whether it’s a song, video, art piece, etc. When I have an idea that I need to learn a new skill for, and end up creating something that I like with it, I feel really proud and excited to share it with people. Read more>>

Miya Brown | Founder of Networking Queens Marketing Group

I define success as being a true impact in your community. Financial gain and stability is always key satisfaction, I believe success is more than being financially happy . I ve crossed paths with many achievers in. Life who admit money did not buy them happiness , it bought them financially freedom but they had to seek their own happiness after their success . Success is what we all choose to define it . My everyday goal is to do better Than I did yesterday. Creating a solid legacy for my family , creating paths for others , and serving the best of my ability . Read more>>