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7 Unexpected Signs You’re a Lot More Successful Than You Think

Once in a while, you need to stop and smell your roses: Not only is it good for you, it will motivate you to plant even more

Source | | JEFF HADEN

If you compare yourself to certain people it’s easy to feel you’re unsuccessful. If you’re an entrepreneur and you compare yourself to Richard Branson, you lose. If you’re a musician and you compare yourself to Taylor Swift (especially if the point of comparison is earnings), you lose. If your goal is to change the world and you compare yourself to Steve…you lose.

That’s the problem with comparisons. No matter how successful you feel, there will always be someone who is more successful. There will always someone better, or smarter, or wealthier, or seemingly more happy.

So let’s stop comparing and just focus on you. Here are a few signs that you’re more successful than you might think–and, in all likelihood, happier too:

1. You have enough money that you can make positive choices.

Many people live paycheck to paycheck. Worse, many have to decide between necessities. (My wife just mentioned the other day how once upon a time she had to decide between filling a prescription for an antibiotic or putting gas in her car.)

If you make enough money, and don’t spend so much money, that you can make positive choices about what to do with some of it–whether it’s investing, or taking a vacation, or taking classes…anything you want to do instead of have to do–then you’re successful, both because you’ve escaped the paycheck-to-paycheck grind and because you can leverage that extra money to become even more successful.

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