What I’ve Learned About Success

April 12, 2018

Polka Dot Stripe Pant Ruffle Top Spring Summer Valentino Rockstud Bag #success #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #beststyle #outfitideas #springfashion #stylefashion #stylishdetails #polkadot #fashiontrends #springfashion #boohoo #whativelearnedaboutsuccess #success #rufflesleeve #ruffletop #mixedprintsSuccess is a funny thing and it’s often so generalized that when mentioned in a group, some may think you already have it when you feel you don’t. We associate success with having everything in life that we often desire – a great career, a loving and healthy family, time to travel, riches and the list can go on.

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Asking for the perfect life is only going to lead to some major disappointment, but learning to expect that not everything will always work out perfectly will help us learn. Life filled with success from time to time, but each and every one of us hardly ever feel like we are exactly where we want to be.

Success is Different for Everyone
Many of you have a life that someone else wants, so their definition of success is different from yours. Some want to spend their life travelling, others want more riches and others want a big home filled with a happy and healthy family, but most of us want a combination of these. Even then, they still vary for each and every individual.

Success Requires Planning
That saying that timing is everything, and being at the right place at the right time are both sayings I believe mostly make up what it takes to lead to success, but without knowing your goal, strategy and drive to act on the things you want out of life, you can be at the right place and time and lose that opportunity.

Success People Spend Time with Other Successful People
You have to visualize success, and successful people spend time with like-minded individuals who also are working towards success, or have gained tremendous success. They have a lot to learn and gain from each other. Sharing successes, failures and feeling inspired by those with great success can be helpful when you’re working towards it yourself.

Working Towards Gaining Success is Better When Measurable
Holding yourself accountable by setting measurable goals (monthly, quarterly, annually) will help you see how you perform and be a driver for success. When you don’t set a measurable goal then you can’t track your performance towards your success effectively.

Knowing Your Worth
I strongly believe in asking for what you want. If you always settle for what’s handed to you, you never get what you truly desire. Hard work is often required; you don’t always get what you want it. If you ask for what you want, the worst someone can say is no. Don’t waste the opportunity though, if someone says no, you can follow up on the reasons behind a rejection and inquire on what it takes for that person to say yes for next time.

Being More Fearless
If you want to be successful, you can’t be afraid to do the work or fail. Great success requires risks. Anything worth having in life requires effort. Everyone hits a few bumps in the road, so don’t be afraid to go after what you want.

Success is Completely Different for Everyone
Some people define their life by having children, having a higher education and money. For example, when it comes to money, my sister taught me that wealth is not how much you make, but how well you save and grow it. Whatever type of success you are chasing, it’s ok to not want to follow social norms. People will tell you to do what they do because they have their own goals and often push theirs onto yours, but if it’s not your goal in life, ignore the noise. Greatness doesn’t come from following others.

Doing What You’re Great At and Finding Passion in It
A few months ago, I read that following your passionate wasn’t going to lead to success. Some people are passionate about things they are not particularly good at, but if you do what you’re good at and find ways to become passionate about it, you can be great at it and love it. Afterall, who doesn’t like to be told they are good at something. When you are good at something, you get positive feedback and when you become great at it, you might find out how much you love it.

Success Comes From Knowing When to Let It Go
Success is seeing what you have and love and building that up. It is also knowing what holds you back and setting it free. Holding onto things for emotional reasons can keep you from being successful.

Success Does Not Come From One Place
Success is never achieved on your own. Wherever you go and whatever you do, people help you along the way. Making selfish decisions and refusing to share keeps you from getting to the place you want to be more efficiently.

Drive & Adaptabiliity
You have to be driven to make choices and chase after the things you want. If you run into challenges, be adaptable and look for other ways that could improve the situation. If you get down over and over again and without making changes, you won’t learn or gain success.

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  • Jenny Yang April 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I love this post so much–makes me so much more motivated to keep going! And your outfit is so cute!
    xx Jen

  • wendee April 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    you look amazing in black and white
    The Glossychic

  • Courtney Hardy April 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    The look is so cute!

  • Andrea April 13, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Im definitely saving this post to check it back and forth when I loose patience or hope in reaching my goals, because I love how you describe everything!



  • Bea April 13, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Loving your style! You are so chic. Would you like to follow for follow on Bloglovin? 🙂



  • Simplement Lui April 13, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Interesting and very true post 😉 And on the outfit’s side: awesome the combo of two current top trends: polka dots and stripes!


  • Lovely April 13, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Love this outfit so much darling, and I totally agree with you on the post and how success can be different for everyone!


  • Stephanie April 13, 2018 at 10:20 am

    This post is so true and inspirational. Success differs a lot. And we become more fearless too. Each and every point in this post is factual.

  • The Fashion Folks April 13, 2018 at 11:29 am

    LOVED reading your thoughts on this Miki! I agree that accepting failure is so important and daring to do it anyways. Also that success is completely different to different people. That’s why I think it’s important to have your group of people to share success with within the area of your life. I mean some will understand the feeling of having a good article out there, whilst other won’t! I think celebrating your success is so important too. After all the hard work it’s okey to let yourself have a day off and just embrace the success. Have a lovely weekend Miki! Xx


  • May April 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you for writing such an inspirational post! Reading this make me motivated to keep going. Hope you write more like these!

    May || https://themoderness.com/

  • Hadasah Love | Style To Love April 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Dear friend, the outfit is so cool! Love it!
    Hadasah Love || http://www.styletolove.com

  • ivana split April 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    what a gorgeous monochrome outfit! love the polka dots<3 you look stunning.

    I absolutely agree with everything you wrote. Success is different for everyone. It is about how we define it for ourselves. Sometimes we need to work hard and plan for success to happen and sometimes we need to learn how to let go and when to let go. It is all about finding balance.


  • Lizzie April 15, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Love the spots and stripes look!

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • Katherine April 16, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Great post! I totally agree with being fearless and not being afraid to put in the work and even fail sometimes. It’s definitely something I have to remind myself to do more.


  • Jessica April 16, 2018 at 3:24 am

    This is such a lovely read, and I couldn’t agree more dear. Success indeed, differs from one person to another. And yes, adaptability is the most important thing. Reminds me of the quote “It’s not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It’s the one that is most adaptable to change” from Charles Darwin. That’s been my mantra for years now.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Olivia Poncelet April 16, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Such a stylish outfit! Love it:)
    Have a wonderful week! 😀
    Olivia Poncelet <3

  • Nikki Arnold April 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

    This is so awesome!! I totally felt like I’ve needed this post and it’s so true how success varies from person to person! xoxo

  • Susanne - Bag at you April 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I absolutely love this article about success! Sometimes I can get so insecure about that, but you are right, it is different for everyone. I also really LOVE your outfit! Very cute and original! xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  • Codrut Turcanu April 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I like the stripe pants the most, congrats for a super cool outfit!


  • Yasmin April 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    This outfit is so fun! I love the mix of prints.

    It’s so hard to feel successful all the time. I think it totally helps to have set goals – usually when we reach them that’s when we feel successful. But then we need to set new goals because as humans we are never satisfied with the status quo. I think it’s good to always be striving for more or better, as long as it’s for healthy and happy reasons.

    xx Yasmin

  • Vivian April 18, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Ahh I love these posts, this is such an interesting read Miki! I couldn’t agree more, success is indeed different for everyone. Everyone has a different goal in life and I also think it’s completely fine to not follow the social norms. I love the outfit you are wearing here, I love your top!

    Vivian x


  • Laura April 20, 2018 at 10:45 am

    A wonderful post Miki and thanks so much for sharing, a very inspiring read this Friday! Success for me is a combination of things from inner happiness, health, quality family time, as well as having a roof over my head and stability. Most importantly, doing something I absolutely love 🙂

    Enjoying life is important, and embracing every moment throughout the good times and the testing.

    Thanks for sharing! You look beautiful, strong, confident and chic!

    Laura xo

  • Anya Dryagina April 20, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Loved your outfit! you look beautiful
    Have a great weekend! xoxo

  • Evgenia April 21, 2018 at 5:31 am

    You look fabulous! outfits is very cool also

  • sharon wu April 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    your posts are always so empowering babe! love this. i totally agree with you that success is different for everyone and knowing your worth is so important!!! thanks for these wonderful reminders beautiful xo, sharon


  • Lizzy April 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    What a lovely post, Miki! I really love what your sister taught you about how it’s not how much you make, but you you save it and grow it! 🙂


  • AnnaMarie April 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Absolutely loved reading through this, thank you so much for sharing! Success can definitely vary for everyone xxx


  • Allie Mackin April 23, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Oh you look so cool in this fun look! Oh that gorgeous bag you had in Paris! Yes success is a loaded word for sure. And yes it does mean different things to different people. Success can be a struggle for sure. And not even starts at the same place. You can just take a quick look at the White House for an example of that! Wink wink.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Xenia August 17, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Wow, such wonderful pants you are wearing! They look incredible on you. The polka dots and stripes in vibrant black and white color is a must try! the sheer polka dot blouse looks perfect! I also made a post about printed pants, have a look: http://stylefavourite.com/2018-printed-pants-to-try-this-summer/ There are interesting ideas to try this 2018, hope you enjoy it too.