How do you measure success?

The other day I was asked if Happy Monkey Club was successful by an older gentleman. I paused for a split second pondering how to answer the question and then I answered true to my own values and beliefs. My split second delay was based on societies perception of success and the one the media portrays on a daily basis: financial wealth = success.  Over the years I have struggled with the definition of success but today I am crystal clear. Here was my answer…

I told him that it all depends on your definition of success. Many people base success on income and that I felt success was much broader than that.

I explained that from a financial perspective HMC was viable but wasn’t on the way to a fortune 500 spot! I told him that not only had HMC had a positive effect on my own life, it has touched many women over the years helping them to find balance, health and happiness. I shared with him that HMC has raised over $350,000 for charities in the past 10 years and given back through volunteering too.  I also shared the great community of women that has been created and how I can call on them at any time to step up and help when needed.

I shared with him how proud I am of the women I have met and how on their own they make a difference every day in their own communities being positive, giving back and leading by example.

So is HMC a success? 100 % yes. I love what I do, I am happy with who I am and I trust I am helping other women find their own path to health, happiness and balance which for me is the true measure of success.

It felt so good to say that out loud because it hasn’t always been that way. I struggled with the expectation of not earning a big salary and contributing to our family the way I had in the past. I struggled every time I heard or saw success celebrated by the amount someone earned or what they could buy. But this time even though I had a small pause, I was confident to know and say that on my terms HMC is a success and so am I.

I love the confidence that gives me.

How about you? How do you measure success?



  1. Lisa on October 29, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Well said Carol! Keep allowing your intuition to guide you and trusting that what is in your heart is right for you. You are a difference maker!

  2. Deri Latimer on October 29, 2018 at 8:12 am

    HMC is indeed successful! Thank you for this great reminder to revisit the definition I have for success – in business, and in life in general.

  3. Karen Duha on October 29, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Could not agree more! Well said!

  4. Dee on November 1, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Isn’t the effect your work has had on so many of us worth so much more than any other market. Congratulations on having the courage to pursue your passion and create an amazing life at the same time.

  5. Mary Jane on November 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you for the reminder that success is not measured only by how much we earn or the material things that we have.
    Beautifully worded.

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