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{Monday MotiBright} “Define Your Own Success…”

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ~ Anne Sweeney.

I think one of the most important things you can do when you start out in business is take the time to define what success means to you.

If you search ‘success’ here on the blog, you’ll find that we talk about it a LOT.

We have fortnightly ‘Success Stories‘ interviews, I’ve shared my thoughts on how to create your own personal Success List, and we’ve also discussed that other people’s success is something we can’t define from the outside. Heck, I even have a Top 10 list of things you need to do to have a successful online craft business.

That’s a lot of success talk.

One thing you’ll notice, though, is while different people might use similar strategies and walk similar paths to reach that elusive thing we dub ‘success’, we all have VERY different ideas about what success actually is.

For me, success is doing something I enjoy every day. Making something beautiful that people love. Helping others to achieve their dreams. Earning enough money to feed, shelter, clothe, and entertain me, Nick and the cats. And also enough so we can travel regularly. One day, when we’ve built our little house, I want to buy a home by the beach.

Being respected. Doing good things with my life. Being healthy. Feeling joy every day.

To me – that’s success.

For you, it might be something different.

Care to share with us? What is ‘success’ to you?

P.S. I’ve been making MotiBrights for a while, but I thought it was time to start sending them to you each Monday to give you an inspirational/motivational thought to kick off the week. I hope you enjoy the new shot of Monday goodness.

P.P.S. No, you’re not going crazy – they used to be called InspirationBombs, but I decided to change the name as the lovely Clare Bowditch calls her awesome Big Hearted Business videos ‘Inspiration Bombs’. I don’t know who used the term first, but I decided to change mine in order to avoid any confusion! 🙂 Plus, I came up with the name ‘MotiBright’ and it made me so happy, I had to use it!


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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.


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To me success is feeling accomplished at the end of the day. It’s being able to laugh & talk with my husband. Success is asking for my friends & family (both virtual and real life) for input & having them point out something I’d not noticed nor thought of, and not feeling bad about it but rejoicing in the communication. Success is that amazing feeling when I complete a particularly complicated crochet pattern. It’s also that awesome feeling of recreating something that’s sold, knowing that someone else is enjoying using it as much as I enjoyed making it! 😀

I like the MotiBrights! They surely do their job for me. I’ve saved a few of my favorites to use on my blog as well. 🙂 Keep them coming, as they’re working!! 😀


I love this,!! Thank you so much for sharing. And I’m glad you’re enjoying the MotiBrights 🙂 x

What say you?