Success: Redefined

So it may sound totally crazy for a guy who just got canned from his nine to five to sit here and talk to you about success – but I am a firm believer in that every single thing happens for a reason – and that no matter what, you have to keep your chin up and forget about the things you can’t control.

That’s where I am, not distraught about the “failure” of my last gig, but rather, excited about all the success and opportunity I have in front of me (and there is a lot out there – believe me). Besides, does it get any better than sitting at home in your PJ’s, developing some kick-ass websites for clients all over the country (and world), and grabbing coffee with some of your favorite people? I’d say I’ve got it made.

Success Ebook | The Life ThingWhen it comes to success – you don’t have to take my word for it. A good friend and fellow blogger, Jonny over at The Life Thing, reached out to yours truly and 30 other thought leaders in the blogging community to compile the Success Ebook. Who’s involved? Well how about…

Jonny Gibaud, Greg Rollett, Lisis Blackston, Colin Wright, Derek Baron, Brian Papa, Ashley Ambirge, Jennifer Smith, Carlos Miceli, Matt Cheuvront (ehem, that would be me), David Turnbull, Bud Hennekes, Gordie Rogers, Brian D. Armstrong, Stephen Mills, Henri Junttila, Scott Young, Sid Savara, Jun Loayza, Raam Dev, Alex Unleash Reality, Alec Satin, Brenton Gieser, Pete Mockaitis, Austin Evarts, Armen Shirvanian and Cody McKibben…to name a few.

You can’t pull together a list of writers more inspiring and forward-thinking than this entourage. I respect and admire every single one of these people, and I kid you not when I say this is one of the most impressive collaborative efforts I’ve seen put together.

If you were a fan of The Inconvenience of Change – you’ll love this ebook. If you’re a fan of being inspired – you’ll love this ebook. If you need a kick in the ass to get yourself motivated in your plan for world domination…yep, you guessed it, you’ll love this ebook.

Need even more encouragement to go check it out? Well, it’s 100% free – no strings attached. Just go download and enjoy!

Do yourself a favor and go check out The Success Ebook today!

And while you’re in my neck of the woods – why not share what success means to you in the comments below:

How do you define success? How do you achieve it?


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87 Responses
  • wojtek Reply

    Matt
    Thank you for this – I always believed if you not failing at some point, you are not trying enough things. Learn from failures and, I had some spectacular ones, grow by not repeating mistakes. Never be discouraged. Never hesitate and always go with your gut!

    wojtek

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Funny that you mention that! I just wrote about the idea of failing a bunch before succeeding today. Would love your take if you have a chance!

      • wojtek Reply

        Yep, failure, or course corrections are a constant companions in our life. We learn mostly by doing, few of us learn by listening. I just commented on your blog.
        Wojtek

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          The only way you fail is by NOT trying – I firmly believe that. Thanks for the comment(s)!

          • Tim Jahn Reply

            (Since the comment system thought my simple “Amen!” was too short to be a comment, I’ve added in this quick explanation so that the comment system can be a happy comment system. Now on to your regular scheduled commenting…)

            Amen!

  • wojtek Reply

    Matt
    Thank you for this – I always believed if you not failing at some point, you are not trying enough things. Learn from failures and, I had some spectacular ones, grow by not repeating mistakes. Never be discouraged. Never hesitate and always go with your gut!

    wojtek

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Funny that you mention that! I just wrote about the idea of failing a bunch before succeeding today. Would love your take if you have a chance!

      • wojtek Reply

        Yep, failure, or course corrections are a constant companions in our life. We learn mostly by doing, few of us learn by listening. I just commented on your blog.
        Wojtek

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          The only way you fail is by NOT trying – I firmly believe that. Thanks for the comment(s)!

          • Tim Jahn Reply

            (Since the comment system thought my simple “Amen!” was too short to be a comment, I’ve added in this quick explanation so that the comment system can be a happy comment system. Now on to your regular scheduled commenting…)

            Amen!

  • Ash Reply

    The fact that you are now free to do whatever you want in this world is NOT an indicator of a lack of success. Get out there and use that Matt Chevront charm to your advantage!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks so much Ash – the Chevy charm will conquer all, right? I really REALLY appreciate all your support – you’re the type of person that will never let me get down on myself and will always give me a kick in the ass when I need it!

  • Ash Reply

    The fact that you are now free to do whatever you want in this world is NOT an indicator of a lack of success. Get out there and use that Matt Chevront charm to your advantage!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks so much Ash – the Chevy charm will conquer all, right? I really REALLY appreciate all your support – you’re the type of person that will never let me get down on myself and will always give me a kick in the ass when I need it!

  • Megan Cassidy Reply

    Success is feeling fulfilled by what you do every single day. Whether it’s through helping people, having a positive influence, or just really loving your life, that is success. It’s completely on your own terms and it doesn’t have to be approved or validated by anyone else.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Completely agree Megan. Success is 100% defined by YOU. Thanks so much for the comment!

    • Jen Carr Reply

      This is exactly how I view success as well. I often catch myself making comparisons to others more often than I should, but in reality a lot of what other people have doesn’t matter to me at all. This is one of the reasons I’m quitting a high paying job to go work for a non-profit that I love. I might not have a flashy new car or huge McMansion or a fancy degree, but I’ll be happy, and I will be making a difference and that is what is important to me.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Happiness trumps wealth. Every time. Now if you can have both…well, then you’ve REALLY got it made. :)

  • Megan Cassidy Reply

    Success is feeling fulfilled by what you do every single day. Whether it’s through helping people, having a positive influence, or just really loving your life, that is success. It’s completely on your own terms and it doesn’t have to be approved or validated by anyone else.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Completely agree Megan. Success is 100% defined by YOU. Thanks so much for the comment!

    • Jen Carr Reply

      This is exactly how I view success as well. I often catch myself making comparisons to others more often than I should, but in reality a lot of what other people have doesn’t matter to me at all. This is one of the reasons I’m quitting a high paying job to go work for a non-profit that I love. I might not have a flashy new car or huge McMansion or a fancy degree, but I’ll be happy, and I will be making a difference and that is what is important to me.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Happiness trumps wealth. Every time. Now if you can have both…well, then you’ve REALLY got it made. :)

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Success is a funny thing (at least for me), as it seems to be constantly evolving. The one thing that’s stayed consistent for me, though, is happiness. If I’m happy, then I think I’m successful.

    The specific things I want to do to be successful might be totally different six and a half months from now then they are today. But as long as those things make me (and my loved ones) happy, then I think that’s success.

    I do think you have it made now, Matt, and I’m happy for ya! You now have the freedom to pursue anything you wish to pursue and to create anything you want to create. You’re no longer devoting a large percentage of your talents to something or someone that didn’t meant much to ya.

    Let’s grab some coffee (or in my case, water)!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Agreed – the freedom feels pretty good right now, not gonna’ lie – but a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve established a solid income as an “entrepreneur” – but I can’t help but get nervous that the “success” I’m seeing will one day run out – that’s the plight of any entrepreneur of freelancer, as I’m sure you can attest to.

      All I (or anyone) can do is take it one day at a time – keep hustling – and keep an eye open for good opportunities.

      • wojtek Reply

        your success as “entrepreneur” will not run out – it will evolve as you progress and learn. People will ask you to provide new services that will push you to grow, and that in turn will produce new opportunities. And its OK to be nervous – Keep hustling!

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Success is a funny thing (at least for me), as it seems to be constantly evolving. The one thing that’s stayed consistent for me, though, is happiness. If I’m happy, then I think I’m successful.

    The specific things I want to do to be successful might be totally different six and a half months from now then they are today. But as long as those things make me (and my loved ones) happy, then I think that’s success.

    I do think you have it made now, Matt, and I’m happy for ya! You now have the freedom to pursue anything you wish to pursue and to create anything you want to create. You’re no longer devoting a large percentage of your talents to something or someone that didn’t meant much to ya.

    Let’s grab some coffee (or in my case, water)!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Agreed – the freedom feels pretty good right now, not gonna’ lie – but a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve established a solid income as an “entrepreneur” – but I can’t help but get nervous that the “success” I’m seeing will one day run out – that’s the plight of any entrepreneur of freelancer, as I’m sure you can attest to.

      All I (or anyone) can do is take it one day at a time – keep hustling – and keep an eye open for good opportunities.

      • wojtek Reply

        your success as “entrepreneur” will not run out – it will evolve as you progress and learn. People will ask you to provide new services that will push you to grow, and that in turn will produce new opportunities. And its OK to be nervous – Keep hustling!

  • Jonathan Hyland Reply

    Sorry again to hear about the job loss. Things like that suck, period. Here’s the thing though, and you understand this: getting fired from one job at age 20-something doesn’t make you unsuccessful. Success is a highly personal thing and what I deem as ‘success’ might not be the same thing to you.

    I’m glad to hear you’ve so much in front of you, Matt. Thanks for sharing the ebook!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jonathan – you and I are on the same page. It does suck – but it is by no means the end of the world and it absolutely does not define my success. Hope you enjoy the ebook, I know I did!

  • Jonathan Hyland Reply

    Sorry again to hear about the job loss. Things like that suck, period. Here’s the thing though, and you understand this: getting fired from one job at age 20-something doesn’t make you unsuccessful. Success is a highly personal thing and what I deem as ‘success’ might not be the same thing to you.

    I’m glad to hear you’ve so much in front of you, Matt. Thanks for sharing the ebook!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jonathan – you and I are on the same page. It does suck – but it is by no means the end of the world and it absolutely does not define my success. Hope you enjoy the ebook, I know I did!

  • Theresa Reply

    Hi Matt:

    Once again, your perspective amazes me. Not because it’s so optimistic, but because it takes people YEARS to get to where you are! I think because you ‘get it’ you are already successful.

    I had yet another person tell me just yesterday that I am the most positive unemployed person they have ever met. It’s a great compliment. Your attitude toward life, and how you deal with the curve balls it throws at you is the most important. You, like me, have already decided that a situation isn’t going to define us.

    Wishing you the best!

    Theresa

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Right on Theresa – I even said that in the comment above before reading yours here – that this situation will not define who I am or my “success” – it may be a very small step back that has allowed me to open my eyes to a whole new world of opportunity. I’m successful because I’m happy – I have an amazing fiance, an awesome dog great friends and family, not to mention this awesome community here (to name a few things). Success is relative to YOU and where YOU are and want to be. Cheers!

  • Theresa Reply

    Hi Matt:

    Once again, your perspective amazes me. Not because it’s so optimistic, but because it takes people YEARS to get to where you are! I think because you ‘get it’ you are already successful.

    I had yet another person tell me just yesterday that I am the most positive unemployed person they have ever met. It’s a great compliment. Your attitude toward life, and how you deal with the curve balls it throws at you is the most important. You, like me, have already decided that a situation isn’t going to define us.

    Wishing you the best!

    Theresa

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Right on Theresa – I even said that in the comment above before reading yours here – that this situation will not define who I am or my “success” – it may be a very small step back that has allowed me to open my eyes to a whole new world of opportunity. I’m successful because I’m happy – I have an amazing fiance, an awesome dog great friends and family, not to mention this awesome community here (to name a few things). Success is relative to YOU and where YOU are and want to be. Cheers!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Matt,

    I think you’re plenty qualified to talk about success. A 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily success as much as it is conformity and fear. Sure, it pays the bills. But at the end of the day, you’re going to have an opportunity to really shine. I’m looking forward to going through this ebook.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Exactly man – fear drives a lot of people to that “comfortable” nine to five situation – if nothing else, my current situation is forcing me to face my fears head on – and I have no doubt good things are to come…

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Matt,

    I think you’re plenty qualified to talk about success. A 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily success as much as it is conformity and fear. Sure, it pays the bills. But at the end of the day, you’re going to have an opportunity to really shine. I’m looking forward to going through this ebook.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Exactly man – fear drives a lot of people to that “comfortable” nine to five situation – if nothing else, my current situation is forcing me to face my fears head on – and I have no doubt good things are to come…

  • phampants Reply

    How do you know Pete Mockaitis?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I actually don’t know him personally. Just as a contributor in this project.

  • phampants Reply

    How do you know Pete Mockaitis?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I actually don’t know him personally. Just as a contributor in this project.

      • Pete Mockaitis Reply

        So does anyone else find is hilarious that my buddy phampants is commenting on Life Without Pants?! Haha. Nice, Pham.

        Matt, great to (digitally) meet you. Kudos on spreading the word on the book. I’ve been impressed by the final product and will be posting on the SUCCESS Ebook shortly myself. Keep on rocking (and skipping the 9 to 5).

  • Nicole Crimaldi Reply

    Matt,

    I CANNOT WAIT to see where you are in 6 months from now. It’s gonna be a rockin journey that blows your former path out of the water.

    Nicole

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well Nicole, here’s to hoping a lot of that journey involves you – Individually we can make waves, but together…well, look at world. Exciting things ahead!

  • Nicole Crimaldi Reply

    Matt,

    I CANNOT WAIT to see where you are in 6 months from now. It’s gonna be a rockin journey that blows your former path out of the water.

    Nicole

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well Nicole, here’s to hoping a lot of that journey involves you – Individually we can make waves, but together…well, look at world. Exciting things ahead!

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    It great to bring the community together to create an awesome eBook. I think success is living on your own terms and inspiring others to unleash their greatness.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love that summation man. Good stuff. Hope everything is going well on your end buddy!

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    It great to bring the community together to create an awesome eBook. I think success is living on your own terms and inspiring others to unleash their greatness.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love that summation man. Good stuff. Hope everything is going well on your end buddy!

  • Sam Reply

    Everything happens for a reason. The job you had was great, but it wasn’t exactly ideal. So, maybe this is the universe’s way of giving you a fresh start and the opportunity to redefine success for yourself.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Exactly – I think life is all about redefining success over and over again. Thanks for the comment!

  • Sam Reply

    Everything happens for a reason. The job you had was great, but it wasn’t exactly ideal. So, maybe this is the universe’s way of giving you a fresh start and the opportunity to redefine success for yourself.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Exactly – I think life is all about redefining success over and over again. Thanks for the comment!

  • Jen Reply

    I try to tie my success solely to my happiness. If I’m happy, no matter how “successful” I may or may not be to popular society, I’m successful in my own mind. The key is detaching your idea of happiness from the norm to what is truly right for you.

    And, no, I haven’t managed to accomplish this all for myself, but I know that’s the mindset that’s right for me.

    I’m so happy to see you so positive in this post, Matt! You’re an inspiration!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Success and happiness go hand in hand – completely agree. And than you for the kind words – I hope that every once in a while I can serve as an inspiration to someone else.

  • Jen Reply

    I try to tie my success solely to my happiness. If I’m happy, no matter how “successful” I may or may not be to popular society, I’m successful in my own mind. The key is detaching your idea of happiness from the norm to what is truly right for you.

    And, no, I haven’t managed to accomplish this all for myself, but I know that’s the mindset that’s right for me.

    I’m so happy to see you so positive in this post, Matt! You’re an inspiration!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Success and happiness go hand in hand – completely agree. And than you for the kind words – I hope that every once in a while I can serve as an inspiration to someone else.

  • Marc Winitz Reply

    Matt – first of all you have a terrific blog. It does suck to be in this position but you are already well ahead of a lot of people in terms of personal brand and positioning, and optimism.

    I am sure you will get through this “temporary” obstacle. Use the time while you have it to your benefit as you don’t have to serve a master. And hey, now you have time to put on some pants!//Marc

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha thanks Marc – really appreciate the kudos and kind words. It’s these temporary obstacles that help define who we are and what we’ll become. Cheers!

  • Marc Winitz Reply

    Matt – first of all you have a terrific blog. It does suck to be in this position but you are already well ahead of a lot of people in terms of personal brand and positioning, and optimism.

    I am sure you will get through this “temporary” obstacle. Use the time while you have it to your benefit as you don’t have to serve a master. And hey, now you have time to put on some pants!//Marc

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha thanks Marc – really appreciate the kudos and kind words. It’s these temporary obstacles that help define who we are and what we’ll become. Cheers!

  • Armen Shirvanian Reply

    Hey Matt.

    It was cool to be part of this from my end as well.

    I sure noticed your part of the eBook, so you know you made something cool, because I remember it among many.

    One cool effect is that we all get to know each other through it. Jonny did a good thing there.

    Well-designed site here by the way.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Armen – it has introduced me to a lot of great folks, yourself included. Happy to be a part of this collaborative effort with you.

  • Armen Shirvanian Reply

    Hey Matt.

    It was cool to be part of this from my end as well.

    I sure noticed your part of the eBook, so you know you made something cool, because I remember it among many.

    One cool effect is that we all get to know each other through it. Jonny did a good thing there.

    Well-designed site here by the way.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Armen – it has introduced me to a lot of great folks, yourself included. Happy to be a part of this collaborative effort with you.

  • Tim Reply

    Hey Matt:

    I was just talking to a career coach about success yesterday and he recommended that I figure out how I would define success. It might be easy to say that success means that I’m making $x per year…but its probably bigger than that. Thanks for the link to the eBook and I’m willing to bet that it will give me some ideas that helps me figure that out. Thanks again!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – success is a tricky thing to define, that’s for sure. I think it’s important to define what that means for YOU – but also keep in mind that it will constantly change and evolve. Hope you enjoy the ebook!

  • Tim Reply

    Hey Matt:

    I was just talking to a career coach about success yesterday and he recommended that I figure out how I would define success. It might be easy to say that success means that I’m making $x per year…but its probably bigger than that. Thanks for the link to the eBook and I’m willing to bet that it will give me some ideas that helps me figure that out. Thanks again!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – success is a tricky thing to define, that’s for sure. I think it’s important to define what that means for YOU – but also keep in mind that it will constantly change and evolve. Hope you enjoy the ebook!

  • mizChartreuse Reply

    As some have said above, success is relative to each person’s life and experience. There isn’t one thing that works for everyone, but I can certainly say that having six figures in the bank does not equal success. Popularity and fame do not equal success. Money and fame CAN be indicators of success, but the way I see it, success is when you find true happiness and fulfillment with your life. Doing the things you love and enjoy, while being able to live YOUR best life in the process.

    Great blog; I’m downloading the ebook. Congrats on being featured! Can’t wait to meet you.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love how you sum up success here – completely agree. Really looking forward to meeting you as well!

  • mizChartreuse Reply

    As some have said above, success is relative to each person’s life and experience. There isn’t one thing that works for everyone, but I can certainly say that having six figures in the bank does not equal success. Popularity and fame do not equal success. Money and fame CAN be indicators of success, but the way I see it, success is when you find true happiness and fulfillment with your life. Doing the things you love and enjoy, while being able to live YOUR best life in the process.

    Great blog; I’m downloading the ebook. Congrats on being featured! Can’t wait to meet you.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love how you sum up success here – completely agree. Really looking forward to meeting you as well!

  • JONNY | thelifething.com Reply

    Matt you beautiful beautiful man. Cheers for the complements fella and thanks for getting involved.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, thanks man – and thanks for having me. The honor and pleasure was/is all mine. Cheers for organizing such a great group of people!

  • JONNY | thelifething.com Reply

    Matt you beautiful beautiful man. Cheers for the complements fella and thanks for getting involved.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, thanks man – and thanks for having me. The honor and pleasure was/is all mine. Cheers for organizing such a great group of people!

  • Emily Jane Reply

    I admire your constant belief in the fact that everything happens for a reason. Yesterday I found out that my term position (ending next month) which was up until now going to be extended, may very well not be due to budget cuts – so I’m floundering a little, honestly. But last time I was unemployed, it led to something incredible – and I’ve just got to have faith that things will work out again this time around. Thank you as always for your positivity :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well it sounds like you and me are in very similar positions Emily. Just know that you are not alone, I’m right there with you, and there are a lot of other extremely supportive people who are there as well. I could hang my head and worry, but I’d rather take this as a great opportunity, as you said – it’s a chance to really do something incredible. Best of luck to you and, of course, please keep in touch!

  • Emily Jane Reply

    I admire your constant belief in the fact that everything happens for a reason. Yesterday I found out that my term position (ending next month) which was up until now going to be extended, may very well not be due to budget cuts – so I’m floundering a little, honestly. But last time I was unemployed, it led to something incredible – and I’ve just got to have faith that things will work out again this time around. Thank you as always for your positivity :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Well it sounds like you and me are in very similar positions Emily. Just know that you are not alone, I’m right there with you, and there are a lot of other extremely supportive people who are there as well. I could hang my head and worry, but I’d rather take this as a great opportunity, as you said – it’s a chance to really do something incredible. Best of luck to you and, of course, please keep in touch!

  • Pete Mockaitis Reply

    So does anyone else find is hilarious that my buddy phampants is commenting on Life Without Pants?! Haha. Nice, Pham.

    Matt, great to (digitally) meet you. Kudos on spreading the word on the book. I’ve been impressed by the final product and will be posting on the SUCCESS Ebook shortly myself. Keep on rocking (and skipping the 9 to 5).

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