We all define success differently. For some, the measurement is money, for others fame. Some people want influence and power. Some want happiness. Whatever the definition, the central truth is that for the vast majority of people, success is not something that can be bought. Success requires work and dedication. It requires a commitment to pursuing the end goal. Success does not come without sacrifice. Because it is so hard to attain, we should be really clear on what our definition is. If your personal measurement of success is the amount of time you spend with your children, then why give any energy to owning the biggest house on the block? What does it matter if you have everything that other people consider to be barometers of success if none of them truly matter to you? The easiest way to become disheartened and disillusioned is to spend all of your time working towards someone else’s definition of success for your life. There is no success store. There are no shortcuts that last. Hard work and honoring your commitment to the finish line are the only pathways. And the only opinion that truly counts is the one that comes from within.