How Do You Measure Your Success?

A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.

Marcus Aurelius

By some accounts, I’ve failed at life. I don’t own a house or a car. I don’t even drive. I’m in my forties and childless. I’m not married. I don’t have a massive amount of money in the bank. 


  • I’ve studied and worked as an archaeologist.
  • I’ve held the bones of people who lived 4000 years ago in my hands.
  • I’ve travelled and experienced cultures alien to my own.
  • I’ve moved across the other side of the world.
  • I have read widely and am building a library of non-fiction books that will one day be donated to a school, or youth club, or retirement home, or a prison.
  • I’ve helped build a business that cares for the elderly and disabled.
  • I’ve helped give 191 people a job.
  • I’ve saved the lives of at least 10 cats and made sure they had/have a good life.
  • I’ve shared my stories with the world.
  • I continue to work despite a disabling disease.
  • I walk with crutches 18 years after I was told I’d be in a wheelchair in 10.
  • I am safe.
  • I have loved and been loved.
  • I have a roof over my head.
  • I have food in the cupboard.
  • I have time to write and explore my imagination.
  • I have built a brand based on my imagination.
  • I have the ability to draw other people into the worlds I create.
  • I have helped others improve their writing so they too can share their imagination.

Remember, when you think you’ve failed at life, make sure you are measuring yourself with the right tools.

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