What is success to you? It may be a healthy bank account, a fast car or a wardrobe full of designer items but considering you’re reading a minimalist blog, I’ll take a guess that it’s none of those things.
How do you measure success if it isn’t the counting of money or valuable items? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I’m finding it very difficult to pinpoint what exactly I think success is.
I read about a study by Virginia-based Strayer University that found 90% of American adults believe that success is more about happiness than it is about possessions and power.
This goes against the dictionary definition of success, which is defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame’.
Now Strayer is petitioning Merriam-Webster to change its definition to better reflect the attitudes of Americans.
I’m sure a UK poll would have a focus on happiness as a measure of success too. Proof that happiness is key to our lives was proven by the government’s introduction of a Happiness Index to measure the state of the nation.
I’ve been thinking about ‘success’ because I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that I’m hoping to achieve by moving to minimalism.
I know what practical things I want to achieve: I want to pay off the mortgage, work less, and travel.
But I can’t help but think there is more to life than nice holidays, I just don’t know what that ‘more’ is.
How did you fill up the space that minimalism opened up in your life?