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.

Jeline Guiles | Polymer clay maker and rock climbing enthusiast.

Success doesn’t necessarily need validation from other people. For me, success is when I’ve achieved goals I’ve set for myself. Whether they’re big or small goals, as long as I’ve achieved them, then I consider myself successful. These goals could be as simple as hitting a monthly sales goal or growing the business through networking. Those little successes add up and eventually you realize you’re running a successful business. Read more>>

NIkita Seal | Mommy and Serial Entrepreneur

I define success by the freedom I have, based on living in my purpose. I wake up when I want. I set my own schedule, I take multiple meetings, smoke my own Pretty Rolls cones in between, and efficiently run my businesses, all while actively providing for my children, I have fun, and I choose to lead with courage. Success for me is anxiously achieving: I’m always afraid, but I’m still gone do it. The only thing certain about life is death. So when I die, tell them that she LIVED. Read more>>

Crissy Escalera | Photographer & Wedding Coordinator

Success can be defined to many as achievements, milestones, etc that have been reached but personally, I define success as achieving at the absolute bestest potential I for myself. As long as I know I’ve given it my best and not withheld back or given up from my own achievements and goals, then I know I’ve succeeded. It’s not giving up but if and when you fall, getting up, shaking it off and keep going. Read more>>