Success Is More Than Numbers

"Always be yourself, express yourself,
have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and
duplicate it." -Bruce Lee-

I'd like to say my blog is a MAJOR hit but to the best of my geekless knowledge (that is to say I am not at home with the available analytical tools), I think that is not the case. However, I am confident that it is a success because the people it reached have told me so. 

Lest you think I have set my sites too low let me explain. Success is a personal thing though I am pretty sure lots of folks consider keeping up with or exceeding the accomplishments of others is the key. When I started this blog I defined my goals up front. They were and still are: to inspire people to think, to offer folks a glimpse of how I think (so as to get to know me better) and to leverage the first two so that my readers may achieve things they may otherwise not have been able to. Would I like thousands of followers- of course I would but for me anyway, success is not about numbers.

I know lots of folks who either have or admire those with a gadzillion number of followers, wherever they might be (Twitter, blog, etc.). For some, this is how success is defined or at least a major part of it. How about you?

The thing to keep in mind is that we are not all successful at the numbers game and that there is much more to success than a following. For some folks (I meet them all the time) there is a sense of 'why can't I do that' and 'how do they do it.' If you find yourself envying your colleagues and friends who boast of their following take a deep breath. If numbers are your goal take a course in advanced mathematics. If genuine success is what you seek- look inside, define your true intentions and then go out and make it happen, one step at a time.

2 responses on “Success Is More Than Numbers

  1. I am in favor of numbers, statistics and metrics. But… there are things that transcend conventional measures. These are often the things that really make for a successful life and a successful business. But these real life triumphs are too often discounted by the analysis offered by google analytics, the number of twitter followers, or Facebook fans. These numbers are in your face all the time, but they may not actually mean much. Never fear, you helping one business to do something interesting has a big worthwhile impact!
    A sailing instructor I know, uses as his most valuable metric, the number of smiles on the faces of students as they arrive at the dock at the end of the day.
    Counting smiles seems like a wonderful and meaningful measure of success to me!

  2. Thanks Catherine and how cool is that- I'll have another round of smiles.

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