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How Do You Define Success?

Robin Sharma

"Greatness comes from living for a cause larger than you. And leaving our world better than you found it."

Robin Sharma

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Defining Success

Life is a tragic thing to waste, and if you are not living your own set of values, you need to assess if:

  • Where you are investing your mental and physical energy?
  • Whether your time is spent on work that matters, and in personal pursuits, or are you just busy being busy?

A Significant Life

Success without a life of significance is a waste, and if you are not happy, then success becomes meaningless. To have a life of significance, focus on the following dimensions:

  • Personal development.
  • Family.
  • Work-class work ethics.
  • An elevating network of friends and well-wishers.
  • Finding purpose in life, and making a difference.

Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma

"Greatness comes from living for a cause larger than you. And leaving our world better than you found it."

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Define Your Personal Values

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