Looking Like Success vs. Having Success

Updated: May 1, 2019



Man in a suit and tie with a watch on
Photo by Ruthson Zimmerman

By default, we tend to set up preconceived notions of what success looks like, but not really understand what it means to have success. We tend to look at the outer things to justify someone's level of success. We may look at the car the drive, the titles they carry, the side of town they live on and the clothes they where.


However, we never consider if they are truly happy? Are they living the life they choose that enthuses them and give them purpose every day? Are they living out their core value system or someone else's?


As the old saying goes, looking the part and being the part are two completely things. Likewise, looking like success and having success are two completely different things as well.


Don't let looking like success be confused with having success.


While we may admire those who in stature look like where we want to be on the outside, here are some tips to keep in mind: