At first glance, significance and success are equally important. But you may change your opinion after a closer look. Sure, we all want to be successful. And yes, everyone would like to find moments of significance in their life. However, are they really equal or does one seem somewhat pointless without the other?

Significance and success are subjective terms.

In the eyes of one individual, significance and success mean one thing. Ask another person, and they’ll have a different definition of the two. In broad terms, some people may view success as financial stability. Others may believe that a coveted position or achieving a certain level of fame means that you’re successful. 

Regardless of what others think, we want you to define these terms for yourself. In the end, you’ll feel most fulfilled by reaching your own standards, not someone else’s.

Developing significance and success.

Earning success, no matter how you define it.

No matter who you are or how you define success, you’ll probably agree that—at the very least—success means reaching your goals and ambitions. If we can agree on that, then this blog, which discusses 10 tips to become successful and achieve your life goals, is a good place to start.

Turning success into significance.

Since many people get caught up in building success and forget about the value of significance, it’s important to know how to make the switch. Once you’ve started building success (whatever that means for you), consider how you can start bringing significance into your life. This blog has a great list of 10 questions to move you from success to significance. After you’ve thought about those questions, here are seven tips for finding your purpose in life.

After you’ve experienced significance, success won’t be enough.

 In the grand scheme of significance and success, significance reigns supreme. After you’ve brought significance into your life, it’ll be all you think about. You’ll spend day and night thinking of other ways to add meaning to your time here.  

 Some of the most significant goals or pursuits are building memories with the people you love the most, who will be with you for the rest of your life. Fulfillment will come in the form of planning events that focus on bringing people together, whether that’s family, friends, or a team of like-minded people.  

In addition to creating memories and strengthening bonds with the people who are important to you, you’ll also find significance in creating an impactful legacy.

What you leave behind matters.

An essential piece of creating a life of significance is being aware of the legacy and impact you’re leaving behind. As you go about your day-to-day activities, consider these factors that you can regularly control:

  • Your mindset.
  • Your impact.
  • Your relationships.
  • Your beliefs.

While you give your daily attention to those aspects of your life, you’ll pave the way for what is left behind when you’re gone:

  • Your lessons.
  • Your memories and stories.
  • Your values.
  • Your love.

At the end of the day, and at the end of your incredible journey, you’re not going to care about the things you’ve earned. You’re going to be proud of what you positively contributed to the lists above! And that’s what the people closest to you will be proud of, too.

Consider these “7 Ways to Be the Better You” to make the most of your time.