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10 Billionaires Share Their Definition of Success
Read up on the definition of success for these billionaires to help you in reaching your goals.
Oprah WinfreyNeil Rasmus/Shutterstock
“The key is not to worry about being successful but to instead work toward being significant.” —Oprah Winfrey, media mogul. (Net worth: $3 billion). The definition of success is important, but you also need to know these life skills that promise success.
Steven SpielbergMatt Baron/Shutterstock
“I’m not really interested in making money. That’s always come as the result of success, but it’s not been my goal. I’ve always had a tough time proving that to people.” —Steven Spielberg, filmmaker. (Net worth: $3.6 billion)
John Paul DeJoriaStewart Cook/Shutterstock
“Success is how well you do what you do when no one is looking.” —John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell and The Patron Spirits Company (Net worth: $3.3 billion)
Elon MuskJohn Raoux/Shutterstock
“The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I like high intensity.” —Elon Musk, business magnate. (Net worth: $20 billion). Once you figure out your own definition of success, read these success quotes to get even further in life.
Mark CubanRoger Askew/Shutterstock
“To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day. I mean, I was happy and felt like I was successful when I was poor, living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment and sleeping on the floor. I was going to work hard to get somewhere, but I was having fun.” —Mark Cuban, entrepreneur (Net worth: 3.4 billion)
Sara BlakelyStewart Cook/Shutterstock
“My definition of failure became not trying.” —Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. (Net worth: $1.1 billion)
Bill GatesJames Gourley/Shutterstock
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” —Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. (Net worth: $93.4 billion). Make sure your definition of success involves these attributes of successful people.
Leonard LauderMatt Baron/Shutterstock
“You are only as successful as the people who work for you want you to be.” —Leonard Lauder, former chief executive of The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (Net worth: $14.4 billion)
Richard BransonJeff Bottari/Shutterstock
“My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged [in your business], the more successful you will feel.” —Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. (Net worth: $5 billion)
Ted TurnerDavid Goldman/Shutterstock
“I’ve never run into a guy who couldn’t win at the top level and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had.” —Ted Turner, media mogul. (Net worth: $2.2 billion). Next, read about these insider tips that career coaches won’t tell you for free.