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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.

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Oprah Winfrey

“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.

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Steven Spielberg

“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)

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John Paul DeJoria

“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.) In many ways, billionaires control our world–here is how different our present-day would be without Bill Gates.

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Elon Musk

“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.

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Mark Cuban

“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)

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Sara Blakely

“My definition of failure became not trying.” —Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. (Net worth: $1.1 billion)

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Bill Gates

“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,  and check out this advice that Bill Gates would give his younger self. 

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Leonard Lauder

“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)

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Richard Branson

“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 Turner Ted Turner sits for a portrait in Atlanta. Turner told The Associated Press in a recent interview that when Turner Field is demolished in four years, he hopes the city of Atlanta could turn the vacant area into green space. In November, the Atlanta Braves announced they are moving from Turner Field into a new 42,000-seat stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017. The old stadium, which was named after the 75-year-old media mogul, will be torn down after the Braves leave for their location in the suburbs. Turner, the former owner of the Braves, said he is still trying to fathom the moveDavid Goldman/Shutterstock

Ted Turner

“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.