How 7 Greatest Achievers Define Success

There is a quote by Wallace D. Wattles where he wrote in his book The Science of Getting Rich, “It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live more”. By that definition, to live more automatically translates to being successful.

Today, we have encapsulated the idea of becoming successful with fame and fortune. We worked so hard in order to reach that definition of success. However often times, we neglect the things that could have matter more.

Is being famous and having lots of money truly sums up what success is all about?

Here are 7 greatest achievers of the world today with their explanation of what success means to them.

Sir Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson defines success as being committed with your passion.

A huge business magnate with a net worth as much as $5 billion, being successful to him means having the utmost passion and commitment in all that he does.

“My definition of success? The more you are actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.” — Sir Richard Branson

JK Rowling



JK Rowling believes success is about giving back.

Prior to becoming one of the bestselling novelist of all times, she was a single mother living on welfare. Despite becoming the first ever author to make the Forbes billionaires list, she was later dropped off due to her philanthropic endeavors, an estimated $160 million (16 percent of her fortune) she donated to charity.

As seen quoted in the Telegraph, she mentioned, “I think you have a moral responsibility, when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give it intelligently.”

Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs says success is about changing the world.

The late Steve Jobs has remarkably changed the way we look at technology. In an interview, he was seen mentioning that success meant changing the world.

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it. You can influence it.” — Steve Jobs

Denzel Washington


Denzel Washington says that awards aren’t everything but what matters is how you’ll make a difference.

An award acclaimed actor, director and producer, Denzel Washington describes his success not by his mere achievements but how he could apply them to benefit others.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better.” — Denzel Washington

Deepak Chopra


Deepak Chopra taught success as an act of continuous growth.

Best known as one of the most prominent figure in the New Age movement, in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, “Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and progressive realization of worthy goals”.

As for Deepak Chopra, success is a progressive journey of continual growth.

Bill Gates


Bill Gates says success is measured by those that are around you.

Known as one of the richest man in the world, Bill Gates said the measure of success is whether the people around you are happy.

Despite him being a notable figure, he ensured that his loved ones in his life are happy and cared for. Not only so, he is also known for his charitable endeavors.

Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson described his success as an act of self-discipline.

Former wrestler to now Hollywood mogul, he contributes his success by sheer persistence he put into everything that he does.

“All successes begin with self-discipline. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” — Dwayne Johnson

Perhaps, fame and fortune shouldn’t necessarily be the corner stone of what drives you.

How will you define your own success now?