How do you know if you’re successful?  How does one measure success?  More importantly, will you ever become successful in life?  Before you start to ponder such deep questions you must first answer the question: what is success?  You don’t have to define success in general terms; you must define it by your own terms.  Only you know what success is, because only you can be satisfied with the results.

Success generally means that you achieve all of the goals you set for yourself, which gives you a sense of completion and happiness.  In order to be successful you must first have aims and then set goals that will take you to these aims.  The sense of accomplishment that you feel after a lifetime of success is incomparable! 

How can you find success in life?  Here are four tips to finding success and happiness in your personal and professional life.

1. Aim high. 

Do not be afraid to dream and to aim higher than is typical.  While you don’t want to wish for unnatural success (the richest man in the world, for example) there is nothing wrong with dreaming about wealth, power and fame.  These are achievable, but only if you are willing to aim that high.

2. Learn from your mistakes.

If you are able to learn from your mistakes then you always have the advantage over your competitors.  Don’t just learn from your mistakes but also learn from the mistakes that others make.  Determine how you can improve upon a competitor’s business or even his/her personality.  Having this analytical perspective will keep you that much more successful than the average dreamer.

3. Be yourself and believe in yourself.

Acknowledge who you are and try and find a niche for you in today’s commercial world.  You can also apply this lesson to your personal life.  Experience will teach you the kind of person you are.  Be your own vision of success rather than have someone else dictate it for you. 

4. Expect great things for yourself.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be “great”, but you should always want to accomplish great things that help others.  Do not be content to be just average if you secretly dream of having more.  If you expect more of yourself then you can push yourself to greater heights.

Remember these tips as you plan your future.  Remember that winners only need two things: definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them!

Albert Mensah is a Certified Speaking Professional. Originally from the impoverished African nation of Ghana, Albert travels the country speaking, motivating and inspiring. He has performed as a keynote speaker for companies including Allstate Insurance, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Boeing, John Deere Corporation, Wells Fargo and more. Visit to learn more.

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