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What’s underneath your defintion of success? question by Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is doing the 30 days to Fire Up Your Creative Genius video series for The Huffington Post.

Here is today’s video:

I agree with Danielle LaPorte that when you say you want to feel successful it’s not really saying anything! It’s an empty term! And it has the danger of making success something you’ll never feel because you don’t actually know how it looks for you, and if you don’t know how it looks, you’ll never find it!

For me feeling successful is feeling the freedom to realize my creativity in anyway that I feel is valuable and that I believe will better express who I am and that will make me happy and fulfilled.

To be successful, for me, is to spend the better part of my day creating. When I create, be it writing, drawing, giving, learning, I feel truly as myself, I feel truly at peace with who I am at my core. And to be able to feel that during most of my day is for me the truest definition of success.

Success is feeling at peace with myself and the world. It’s being myself in my work, with my friends, with my family and with people I’ve just met. It’s to be comfortable with who I am, flaws and all…

Wouldn’t that feel great?

What about you? What’s your definition of success?

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Burning Question by Danielle LaPorte

Every week Danielle LaPorte posts a burning question on her website, this week question is:

What money resentments do you have…that you could let go of?

I have always considered myself as having a fairly balanced and healthy relationship with money. Usually I would just write off this question as not being for me and move on to something else. But this time I decided to stop and think for a second. After all, although my finances are doing well, truth is I don’t always hit my mark when it comes to savings and I’m very inconsistent about how much I actually save and for what.

I used to think this was just me being lazy and reckless but maybe there’s more to it than that.

I was lucky enough to never have a lack of money and always had I’ve always had people to turn to in case of need. In many ways I never truly learned how to respect a budget. As I grew older though I found that not everyone was as lucky as me that many had a harder time paying their bills.

Maybe that should of showed me that I should save for adversity, or that I was blessed to have what I had. What did happen, and what I ended up feeling, and I guess I still do, is something completely different. I felt like a fake! Like none of it was ever supposed to be mine. I felt that I didn’t deserve that money, that there were people that deserved it more than me, needed it more. I felt undeserving of the gifts of graduation when my grades were merely average, and I new I could of done better. Undeserving of the attention and help of my family when I came back from quitting college, not knowing what my next step would be.

In many ways I still feel underserving today. There are people more qualified, better prepared, more creative or simply in greater need that should have my job and get this money, because surely I cannot be deserving of it.

But the question was money resentments that I could let go of…. And maybe this is one of them.

Regardless of there being people in greater need or with better skills, I got this job and I worked for the money that comes with it. Maybe it’s time to believe in myself, to know that I am worthy of this money, to remember that I worked for it, and most importantly, that I am capable of sharing it with the world and trough it help others improve their life’s.

It’s time to let go of the guilt and use what I have to help others and to make their life a little better.

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