TV, Movies, and culture in general sometimes paints a narrow, specific image of what success is, but we know from our conversations with some of the best and brightest that success can mean vastly different things to different people.

Jo Johnson Overby | Digital Content Creator

To me, success is a feeling of fulfillment in my day to day. I feel the most successful when I am making a positive impact on others and am able to participate in activities that bring me joy. Read more>>

Meagan Myhren-Bennett | Author, Dabbling Artist, and Librarian

Success is an interesting concept and depending on who you ask it has a widely varying meaning. As Obi-Wan Kenobi would most likely say, if pressed, “I was successful ‘from a certain point of view’.” The question to ask yourself is whose point of view will you allow to determine whether or not you are successful. I gauge my success on two levels – personal and public. On the personal, I set goals for a day, a week, a month, or a year. But these goals, unless I’ve promised to do something by a certain date, are not set in stone because life happens. To keep myself from stressing, I try to build in a small time cushion to prevent failure. Read more>>

Seybra Wormgoor | Photographer

Success is something that differs drastically depending on the person, but I think it is important to understand that success is not a destination, it is a lifestyle. I believe the man who comes home with empty hands but a house full of love and laughter may feel success while the wealthy man may live his entire life trying to find the meaning of it. Success is not about money, power or fame, as many would describe it but it is about the daily living and pursing a life that is impactful, meaningful and fulfilling in what matters. Read more>>

Mary Pat Ettinger | Artist & Encourager

Each one of us has been gifted in some way. That gift might involve caring for animals, or being an innovator, or possibly being someone who has the gift of empathy. Whether a tangible, outwardly visible gift, or a more subtle strength, we are all gifted. That being said, each of us has the privilege and the responsibility to impact the world around us as we employ our own unique giftedness. Read more>>