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.

Tim Finnegan | Photographer & Nonprofit Manager

To me, success is a personal idea, based on personal goals, both big and small. I think there is a lot of pressure in our world to be “successful” based on how others define it – be it money, possessions, likes or followers. And it’s often difficult to see that success can be defined more broadly and personally. I have spent the majority of my full time career in Education and Training. I have often told students and graduating classes that at the core of success is a combination of three factors: motivation, determination, and support. Read more>>

Alannah Gonzales | Human Design Coach

I define success as feeling. It isn’t measured by the number in my bank account or certificates on my wall. It’s the feeling within yourself when you’ve achieved any goal. Regardless, of the size of the goal that you stood up and did something for yourself. Success is something we all are entitled to feeling, but so often the focus is on numbers over the way we choose to feel in the moments of the smallest accomplishments. Read more>>

SDG Bennett | Artist & Entrepreneur

Success isn’t defined by the currency of this world. Success is measured by how happy a person wakes up every morning and how long they remain happy until the day is over. Time forces us to part with our worldly possessions, so any time spent truly enjoying life is time spent successfully. We look ridiculous trying to compare wages amongst ourselves, but if one of my peers is leading a life where they truly enjoy every waking moment, I would consider them a successful person. After all, step one to success for most people would be to get a lot of money, but the steps following are how you would spend your time afterwards. Live your life to the fullest and pursue your passions. Read more>>

Reyna Robles | Showhost Broadcaster, Actress&Runway Model

There are many ways to measure success, the way that I see it is all about being able to do the things that you love. It’s not always about the amount of money you make. When you truly enjoy what you do then you are successful. It’s all about your environment and how you feel. Read more>>

Ken Lee | Night Photographer

How do you define success? Defining success as an artist is multi-faceted. I feel one of the most important things is finding my voice. I feel like this is when I have not only learned but internalized many of the techniques, and now, I am doing this as myself. It is definitely a feeling where creativity is flowing through me, but I hope that it manifests itself as being uniquely me to others, no matter how strange or odd it seems to others. Read more>>