Ask ten successful people how they define success and you'll receive ten different responses. 

  • Sir Richard Branson defines success as, "Being actively and practically engaged."
  • Maya Angelou defines success as, "Liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
  • John C. Maxwell defines success as, "Having those closest to you love and respect you the most." (My personal favorite.)
  • Oprah Winfrey defines success as, "Working toward being significant."

The definition of success varies so much because it is so personal. As it should be. Since success is personal, then there should be clear emotional indicators when we are aligned with our personal success. 

In a recent interview, ABC's Shark Tank investor and businesswomen, Barbara Corcoran, mentioned the emotional indicator she uses to help her define success in her own business.

When you wake up in the morning, are you filled with enthusiasm for what the day holds? 

The answer, says Corcoran, to this question is the "most honest emotional report card for career or business." Having great enthusiasm for tackling the day is how Corcoran defines success.

That's not to say that you won't have challenging days, but, "99 percent of the time you should wake up excited," said Corcoran. I imagine Winston Churchill who said, "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm," would have to agree with Corcoran.

How are you scoring on your emotional report card for business/career?