I have been asked the question as a self-published author, How do you measure success and failure?
Success is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the correct or desired result of an attempt; favorable or desired outcome.
Failure is defined by Merriam-Webster as: omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action.
Too often it seems people make up their own definition of success and failure for others and as a result so many people give up on their dreams and goals because of the misuse of these two words. If I have reached my goal then I have succeeded. If I haven’t, well, I won’t give up until I have. If I give up, then I have failed, and only then.
Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.”
Do not let others define your success for you. You are the only one who can define success for yourself. Be true to yourself and follow your dreams. It may not be easy, but believe me, it’s worth it!