What does success really mean?

Success is such a hard thing to define.

 

Because the barrier keeps shifting, or so it seems to me. The definition of success is constantly being redefined It ever stays still! Sometimes, I even hate hearing the word "success". I'm sure you've been at some conference where the vibe of the day is "you are only successful if you...."; or you've read numerous, hundreds of Facebook posts from people shouting their success from the roof tops. Good on them. I'm happy for them, really.

 

But none of that helps determine what success actually means.

Is is being a New York Times Best Seller? It is earning enough money to take me off on some exotic holiday? Is it winning awards and being in demand at author-speaking venues? Is it having fans (or readers) begging for my autograph? Or having a wall full of novel covers sitting behind my desk every time I'm on Zoom?

What if it's none of those things? What if it's all of those things? It's not someone is suddenly going to point me out on the street and loudly proclaim @there goes a successful romance author. We should all follow in her footsteps.@

Gosh, if you want to follow in my footsteps, believing you'll become a successful author, you should stop reading right now. Because, believe me, other than winning one award and having a few short stories published, I am as far from @a successful romance author@ as you can get.