What is Success?

Industry Observer

So, recently a coach asked me to define what success means to me. You would think it is easy, but I choked on the question.

According to the dictionary, success is the "the accomplishment of an aim or purpose."

To me as an immigrant, coming to the US, adjusting to a new culture, leaning English, getting my MBA, having a home, driving a nice car - I'm successful, living the American dream.

But obviously, from the coach's perspective, my answer of "I'm already successful" is not what was expected.

But what is success? Is it a destination? Is it a direction?

I don't know.

I know that I am a driven person who sets goals and once those goals accomplished, go for the next goal. In that standard, I will never be successful or accomplished because I always want more.

What is success to you?

Posted by

Maria Gerlinger, MBA

Broker Salesperson


Direct: 775.232.5690

Email: maria@gerlingers.com

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Comments (4)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Maria Gerlinger you always want more because successful people are "driven" and those wheels NEVER STOP....

May 02, 2016 10:34 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Maria. I don't think that success is about words or definitions. I believe if you work hard, continue to learn, and do your very best you are successful. 

May 02, 2016 10:39 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Where are you from? Those are some major accomplishments you've achieved.

Love where your thinking is going this morning in your posts. Sounds like you're on a journey of defining and redefining your immediate journey.

May 02, 2016 10:52 PM
Maria Gerlinger

Thank you Mimi! Sometimes people ask questions that makes you pause and wonder about who you are as a person and as a professional in the same time.

May 02, 2016 11:00 PM
Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA

Success to me is being happy in what I do. If I can achieve what I sent out to do each day I'm satisfied.

May 02, 2016 11:21 PM