Webster doesn’t know everything. Some words can’t be defined by a dictionary. Rather they are defined by our values, ethos, and principles. We asked hidden gems from the community about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Poetryteacher | Poet/Artistic event Curator

My definition of success (for me) is after I’ve completed or lived out a vision, a task or artistic project I don’t go back in my head and try to “revise” it when it’s done. Meaning if I can look at my work and there’s nothing I’d do differently, there’s nothing I’d change about that event or that piece of work then it’s a success. A lot of times we will criticize and critique a thing until we no longer love it. I’ve learned to believe in my work first and most times once I get through that there’s nothing that I can say that will make me believe it isn’t my best or even the best there is. Believing in my work, seeing it materialize and watching it flourish in the timeline I choose is success to me. Read more>>

Grace Espinoza: Hairstyle

Success to me is defined as purpose, it not in the stuff or financial gain that I receive but in the peace and freedom in what I do. I always ask myself 2 questions before I determine if I’m successful. Do I have peace with where I am and am I free in what I’m doing. Read more>>

Eclipse Darkness | Sprite Artist & Ambassador/Songwriter

Success to me is being able to wake up every day and live on your own terms. I don’t have to clock in anywhere, I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself and it feels amazing. Being able to inspire a world full of people doing what I love and provide for my family is success to me. Read more>>