Define Your Own Success

Great post on 37 Signals (something they don’t do as often as they used to, imho), Define your own success. It starts with a quote from John Battelle who thinks there aren’t enough failures, some kind of imbalance.

Fried (and I) agrees that failures are necessary but that failure or rather success should be defined for each person/company. That’s something that I’ve been surprised at again and again in recent years, people who keep pushing to grow, hire more, sell more, produce more, taking on jobs they’re not interested in just to keep growing and paying the growing bills. Why? Why is being a seven person company in one year necessarily better than being four?

Not only should analysts remember that success and failure are relative, entrepreneurs (and freelancers) should remember to set their own success level, not just following preconceived steps to it.

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