Video: How Successful Are You?


You are more successful than you think you are.

To the outside world, success is measured by how much money you have and how many things you have acquired. In fact, Merriam-Webster defines it as “The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” While those things are tangible, there are so many other ways of defining success.

If you set a goal for yourself and you reach it, that is success. It doesn’t matter what the goal is. If you are a better, more compassionate person than you were a year ago, that is success. Some of us have had to overcome addiction, abuse and the inevitable self-loathing and self-destruction that comes with it. Conquering one’s own demons, learning to love ourselves is one of the highest forms of success. There is no worldly measure or amount of money that can compare.


Success isn’t what your parents want you to or what society or your culture says you should do. Following others’ expectations will leave you discontent and feeling unsuccessful. Sometimes it is in failure that we see where our success lies.

A Plus conducted a social experiment where people were asked to rank their own personal success on a scale of 1 – 10. The video encourages viewers to sign a petition calling on Merriam-Webster to change thier definition of success. For every signature on the petition, money will be donated to Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to helping disadvantaged women gain economic independence.

As humans, we generally have a hard time recognizing our own success. Part of that is because we sometimes view ourselves as unworthy.  But just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it goes unnoticed. No one in the video gave themselves a perfect score. When the question was asked to their loved ones, the scores told a different story. Check out the touching reveal.