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Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Defining Success

Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Defining Success

Graham Edwards
Graham Edwards is a seasoned sales and marketing leader with over 25 years in the biotech
industry. Graham is an accomplished leader and visionary with a reputation for effective
strategy, creative problem solving and execution. Well recognized for his ability to drive
growth, Graham brings a wealth of cross-functional skill sets in sales and marketing, strategic
g and execution, business development, process improvement and succession


Graham is especially passionate about working with start-ups but loves to drive results for any business in
need. Well known for his strategic excellence and problem solving, Graham's tendency toward creative
thinking allows him to develop some rather interesting and effective solutions for his clients.

Renée Cormier

Few public relations & communications specialists have as diverse a background as Renée
Cormier. Add published author, employee engagement specialist, sales and marketing
— strategist, entrepreneur and educator to her list of accomplishments. In her career Renée has
Ie leadership roles in sales and marketing, developed and implemented national marketing
4 © Kirategies and was responsible for teams as large as 28 strong. She brings a wide range of
experience and talent to her work.
Renée really shines in communications. She is known for developing and implementing comprehensive
communications strategies and generating results through flawless implementation. With such strong
business acumen, passion for her work and a natural talent for business strategy, Renée is definitely
considered an important resource for her clients.

This is the answer to the ninth question in a ten question collaborative series being posted by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. To see the list of original questions, check this link. If you would like to catch up, here are the answers to Question 1Question 2Question 3Question 4 , Question 5 , Question 6,  Question 7 and Question 8.

Please feel free to contribute with comments and shares. If you have any questions of your own, we’d love you to share them with us.

Question #9: How will I know if I am successful? 


I think this may be a bit of a lame question, but as I recall, I was the one who came up with it, so I’m going to provide you with my best answer. People define success in many ways, and it is different for everybody. For some, you are successful if you have a lot of money. For others success is the result of having completed any goal. Are you successful if you don’t have a spouse and 2.4 children? Are you successful if you never own a house or a car? Ask the Dalai Lama.

Years ago, I was listening to a Brian Tracey tape (yes, it was a while ago) about success. He gave a definition that always stuck with me, which was something along the line of achieving any goal with integrity. He went on to say that money is not a measure of success per se. Drug dealers have enormous amounts of money, but you can’t really call a criminal a successful person. They lie, cheat, steal, kill and corrupt to reach their goals. A runner who shoves a competitor out of the way in order to win, is not a successful runner, even if he is first over the finish line. The journey to success is as important as the end result.

So how will you know if you are successful? Look around you. What are you grateful for? Have you set goals in your life? Have you achieved any of them? Have you achieved your goals with integrity? Have you ever failed?

I think truly successful people, never really arrive. Not that they cannot be satisfied, but rather, they find it difficult to stop challenging themselves. Success breeds success. I also think that failure breeds success. You cannot know what you want until you experience what you don’t want. Most successful business people have had their share of failures too. Being able to recognize what is not working and why is a good thing. Have you made mistakes? Did you learn from them? Are you still moving toward your next goal? Do you feel good about the things you have done? Are you a happy person? I daresay, if you can answer yes to these questions, you are likely quite successful.

The definition of success to me is not necessarily a price tag, not fame, but having a good life, and being able to say I did the right thing at the end of the day. - Jeremy Luke


Question #9: How will I know if I am successful?

I don’t know — you will have to tell me.

Since success needs to be measured against the goals and objectives you set for yourself, then only you will know if you’re successful. Sure, there are societal norms and conventions that you can use to benchmark yourself against, but in the end you define your own success.

Oh everyone has an opinion on this; just ask anyone and they will have quite the perspective on it — although I’ve found if you keep pressing you may find they actually struggle to articulate what success really is. I’ve even checked the Internet and found a site called Lifehack — sure enough Missy Yost offered up 20 definitions of success you should never ignore (bless her heart).

1. Success is always doing your best

2. Success is properly setting concrete goals

3. Success is having a place to call home

4. Success is understanding the difference between need and want

5. Success is believing you can

6. Success is remembering to balance work with passion

7. Success is taking care of your needs

8. Success is learning that you sometimes have to say no

9. Success is knowing your life is filled with abundance

10. Success is understanding you cannot keep what you don’t give away

11. Success is overcoming fear

12. Success is seeing your child graduate

13. Success is learning something new each day

14. Success is learning that losing a few battles can help you win a war

15. Success is loving and being loved back

16. Success is standing your ground when you believe in something

17. Success is not giving up

18. Success is celebrating small victories

19. Success is never letting a disability hold you back

20. Success is understanding you control your destiny

So there you go.

You may be saying to yourself, “But gpe, we are talking about how will I know I’m successful with my business.” Again, I will say, “I don’t know — you will have to tell me”.

You have goals and objectives for your business don’t you?


PS: The only perspective I can really offer is when you set your goals & objectives, set them HIGH.

Thanks to the social media platform,, Renée Cormier & Graham Edwards developed a business relationship and friendship that typically involves regular meetings, goal setting sessions, etc. Our meetings often provide the fuel for plans around business strategy, blog ideas and more. Need support for your business? Send us a message at or via!



Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #9

How kind, Jerry Fletcher and I both discovered that we work very well together. I always say that we have the right combination of push and pull that allows us to both challenge and inspire each other. We've been having a lot of fun writing these posts . So glad you find them valuable.

Jerry Fletcher

5 years ago #8

Renee & Graham, These joint columns are a form of success. You set the goal of doing them and have followed through. More importantly, they reflect the integrity that you spoke of here, they assist others and most importantly, I believe they have given you a positive emotional return on the time and thinking you invested. Sometimes the best answer to a question is a demonstration. Well Done.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #7

Thanks for the thoughtful comments and shares, .

David B. Grinberg

5 years ago #6

Thanks for another excellent blogging buzz in this series, Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier. This in an interesting question because the definition of success is so subjective -- similar to beauty being in the eyes of the beholder. Thus, I would take some of the focus off the individual and place more emphasis on how being successful also means doing for others, not just oneself. To wit: "Success is helping others without expecting anything in return." "Success if going the extra mile to mentor younger generations." "Success is taking the time to give back to the community." "Success means using some of your business profits to make charitable contributions." And, to summarize, "Success is helping others succeed." Thanks for considering these points.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #5

Very good. May your journey always be one of quality.

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #4

I like this one "success is a journey not a destination "

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #3

Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee, I would be interested to to how you define success.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #2

Thanks for sharing Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee. :)

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #1

Graham\ud83d\udc1d Edwards, your shares are always appreciated. :)

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