Here are some quotes from well-known achievers that offer their definitions of creative success, and thereby offer you a window into thinking about your own definition.

(For “man” in these quotes, please read also woman. And men, can you please stop doing this?)

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin

“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.” ~ Keith Haring

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures. One or two friends, worth the name. Someone to love and someone to love you. A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two. Enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink. For thirst is a dangerous thing.” ~ Jerome K. Jerome

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Next time, I’ll give you my personal definition of creative success and then it will be time for you to work out yours.