"The price of success is dedication, hard work and unrelenting commitment to what you want to achieve."

– Frank LloydWright

Can success be considered a value?
Many people dream of being successful. But some people don't really know what success actually means. This article explains the connection between values and success and why it is so important to have your own values.


Success as a value - a short definition
If you ask people what success means to them, many respond that it is a positive result or the achievement of a goal. Often, success is also referred to as a value and used as such. Strictly speaking, however, success is a state in which certain values are lived or have been achieved. Success is therefore not a value in itself, but the sum of many values that have been implemented.


Maslow's pyramid of needs - the path to success?People have different needs that form the basis of what is important to them. The needs that every person has are represented by Maslow's so-called pyramid of needs. Starting at the bottom with basic needs, the pyramid works its way up to individual needs and self-actualization. Maslow's pyramid of needs can be applied in any culture. However, the levels are fulfilled differently everywhere, as cultures differ in terms of their prosperity.
In addition, priorities are often shifted: While it is commonplace in some countries to have an abundance of food, in others it is a scarce commodity. As with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, success is therefore built on many needs. Through goal setting and the integration of values, many people seek to meet these needs. For example, many people strive for a good education and an aspiring career. This gives them a sense of security in the future. They assume that this path alone can lead them to success. But other factors also play a role: For many people, social matters are paramount.

How other people see success: Quotes About Success
Many people are probably familiar with Albert Einstein's famous quote on the subject of success: "Chopping wood is so popular because you can see success immediately in this activity."
What does this statement of the scientist want to tell us? Often people set such goals, the fulfillment of which they have clearly in mind. If there is no success, it is quite unsatisfactory. However, if success is soon visible, it leads to increased motivation and a feeling of happiness.

"I never believed in success. I worked for it." This quote comes from the cosmetics entrepreneur Estée Lauder and reflects well how to become successful. Success doesn't fall into your lap, you have to work for it.

Another inspiring quote on success comes from Emil Baschnonga, a Swiss writer: "There's a lot of push and pull traffic on the way to success." At the latest, you realize that success is often not that easy to achieve. There are obstacles and stumbling blocks to achieving true success.


Cultural differences on the subject of success
While in the Western world the view often prevails that success is measured by money and other material possessions, one can be successful in many other areas. There is a growing awareness that it is not money that stands for success, but rather social security and other individual goals.

Especially in the tribal societies of South America, success is often determined by other factors. Here, a person is considered much more successful if he or she is happy. When they are at peace with themselves and at rest within themselves. The respective definition of success thus differs enormously in the different societies of this planet. Perhaps it is time to rethink our definition of success and redefine it. Towards a society in which the happiness of the individual and everyone is in the foreground and not their financial success.


If you know your own values, you can work on implementing them. According to Maslow's pyramid of needs, one can already speak of success when reaching the individual levels. If one has enough food and protection from the cold, then basically, the first level of the pyramid of needs is climbed with success. When and how, however, the individual feels these needs as successfully met, everyone must define for themselves.




Authors: Pakhawat Kiaosot, Lukas Madel