We stared at each other, barely moving.
Then he inclined his head to me, wheeled around, and sprang away in elegant leaps and bounds.
We shared a quiet moment, until he came to his senses and remembered I was a human.
I’d never been so close to a wild deer. Turns out, if I shut up for a while, really cool stuff happens…
Two weeks’ dozing in the sun reminded me of something it took me years to learn: success, for me, is freedom.
The freedom to sit outside my tent in the sunshine in rural France, and have a close encounter with a deer.
The freedom to whizz off to San Diego for a week in November.
The freedom to decide, today I’m going to work from my favourite coffee shop instead of my cluttered not-an-office.
Of course, I need enough money to make that happen… and more, for my future plans.
But what I don’t want to do is build a huge business I can sell.
I don’t want to be famous.
I don’t even want to be filthy rich (although I do like money, don’t get me wrong).
Business owners are always told to grow. Grow grow grow. Build it bigger, take on more people, sell it for a bundle of crown jewels. Get famouser and famouser.
So that’s what I thought I had to do: come up with a business model I could grow, like everyone else, get bigger and bigger and better known…
…until I realised not only didn’t I have to do that, I didn’t want to.
And I’m not the only one, am I?
Growth and success are splendid, but there are more meanings of “growth” and “success” than just money in the bank or size of turnover.
If you’re not growing, you’re stagnating… but growing and success means learning new things, taking on new challenges, creating new products and services that fulfil you as well as your clients.
Success also means, to me, having the freedom to do the things I want and spend my time where it means most to me.
And success, to me, means giving something back. Making the world a better place, in some small way (or a whopping big way).
What does success mean to you?
How would you like to grow?
Do you know?
It’s okay if you don’t.
Most of us haven’t got it all figured out yet. We just have this vague idea of where we’d like to be, what we want to be doing, and how we can save our small part of the world.
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About the Author
Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
PS Maybe, to you, success is more money or more fame or a big business – and that’s cool too. I can help you with that. But I reckon for most of us, success means something less than – or perhaps more than – just that.