How 7 People Shifted My Perception Of Success

Reading books and blogs are great but do you want to know what really inspires me?

Listening to captivating stories in the flesh.

Maybe it’s my performance background but seeing someone walk up on stage always gives me goose bumps.

What are they going to say?

Will they move me?

Will it be a flop?

There’s not a great deal of hiding you can do up on stage. It’s vulnerable stuff and that’s probably why I love it so much.

I’ve seen incredible speakers rock the mic this year but two events that I recently attended made an impression on me. Business Chicks hosted the ‘9 to Thrive’ event in Sydney and I was fortunate to win a ticket to ‘Utopia Women’s Wellness’ in Brisbane (thanks heaps Jess!).

The bloggers, the wellness guru’s and life coaches that I’ve looked up to all had beautifully unique stories to tell. However, one common theme that seemed to pop up was the idea of ‘success’ and how these people got to where they are today.

I’m going to take a not-so-wild guess and say that success is important you.

Whether you’ve openly admitted it or not, we all want to experience success and a sense of accomplishment. We want successful jobs or businesses, relationships, health and wealth – but how can we feel successful juggling so many different areas of our lives?

That’s why it’s important to create your own version of success.

In the media, we’re bombarded with different images of what ‘success’ looks like – from fancy clothes to million dollar homes, to book deals and Instagram followers, but I want ask you this: What does success really mean to you?

Listening to these 7 people speak openly and honestly about their version of success made me realise how different our perceptions can be. Instead of looking up to these people and idolising them for reaching a certain ‘level’ of success – the real reason I idolised them was because they followed their heart and their truth.

Yes they had speaking gigs and recognition but success goes far beyond that. I’d love to share the lessons that I learnt from these 7 influential people and perhaps it might shift your perception of success too?

Michelle Bridges

When Michelle Bridges made it to the Forbes rich list do you want to know what her response was? If I’m so rich, why aren’t I floating on a yacht in the Carribean?! I love this lady’s sense of humour – plus her laugh cracks me up!

Despite Michelle becoming a huge success in the health and fitness industry, her down to earth approach really struck a chord with me. So often we search for opportunities asking – ‘what’s in it for me?’ but instead Michelle said to ask ourselves a different question.

‘Who can I be if I did this? If I were to reach my full potential, who could I be to my family, my friends and of course to myself?

It’s such a beautiful way to look at success. Not only is it about what you do – success is about becoming the person that you want to be. How refreshing is that!

Sarah Wilson

With her latest book called ‘Simplicious’, it’s clear that Sarah Wilson doesn’t equate material things to success. Keeping it simple and sustainable and supporting your overall wellness is Sarah’s version of success.

Her message: Stop thinking that your wellness is out ‘there’ – stop reaching for the next quick fix because it’s never going to make you happy.

For Sarah, success is actually doing less. It’s time to stop leading lives that leave us feeling drained and exhausted. It’s learning to really ‘be’ with yourself and feeling comfortable with that.

Dr Libby

A life with energy is success.

When I heard Dr. Libby speak she almost brought tears to my eyes.

When you stop and think about it, a life without energy is very difficult. It affects your job satisfaction, the people you surround yourself with and of course the food you eat.

We can feel so overwhelmed by the pressure and urgency to have everything done and be ALL THE THINGS to all people, but at the end of the day – that’s not what’s important.

Success is being able to honour yourself and your time and energy. It’s not about having an inbox with zero emails or how well we can multi-task.

We forget just how much of a privilege it is to be alive and well. Our health really is our biggest wealth and that’s a pretty good version of success to me.

Dr. Libby takes the stage.

Dr. Libby takes the stage.

Lisa Messenger

This daring and disruptive lady really shifted my perception of success – especially how we go about achieving it.

Lisa said ‘Let go of the outcome and focus on your why’ and I couldn’t agree more.

How often do we get caught up in the outcome, only to be disappointed? We limit ourselves because we think we can only fulfil our potential in a certain way. Take university for example. We think the only way we can help someone is if we go to university and get a degree in a ‘helping’ profession, however there are so many different ways that you can create an impact in someone’s life.

If you believe in an over-arching set of values, let your values be your guide rather than the platform itself. Your success will only be determined by how aligned you are with your message and values.

Jamie Gonzalez

Jamie’s message really hit home. It made me realise that there’s no such thing as following ‘tools’ or ‘steps’ to success.

There’s nothing that you lack and there’s absolutely nothing holding you back.

You don’t have to strive to ‘arrive’ and reach a certain point.

If we keep thinking that we’re going to reach this level of success- how are we ever going to determine when enough is enough?

Pretty good point hey?

Success is being okay that nothing is certain. It’s about being okay with failure and being at peace with what’s going on ‘right now’ for us.

Lola Berry

Lola’s story is one of persistence and perseverance and listening to her speak made me love her even more. She had no shame in telling us that she struggled with chemistry throughout her nutrition studies and was ridiculed when she first started out.

Ultimately, Lola’s unwavering self-belief has helped her to become the successful person she is today.

She said: Allow the setbacks to launch you into something great. It’s during those tough times that you discover what you’re truly capable of. Seriously check this lady out! I love her cook books.

Tara Bliss

Tara’s honesty was and is breathtakingly beautiful. She has a way of highlighting our biggest fears and airing them out in a gentle, non-judgemental way.

It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past – living a life filled with compassion is a huge success. Whether you’re celebrating a win, experiencing heartache or going through the lowest of lows or the soaring highs – learning to be compassionate with yourself is one of the greatest gifts.

Tara Bliss guiding us how to be compassionate.

Tara Bliss guiding us how to be compassionate.


Having that level of self-acceptance helps us to keep moving forward no matter what the circumstances are.

My favourite take-away from Tara was that ‘there is a way through every block’. How lovely and reassuring is that.

Has this opened up your eyes to a different version of success? How would ‘success’ look and feel like to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

I think our greatest success is being able to show up as our whole, true selves. When we start to look at ourselves through loving, accepting eyes, that’s when everything starts to fall into place.

With love,

Tash x

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