The Ultimate Success Questionnaire
April 7, 2023 9:00 AM EST | 5 min read
Taking the ultimate success questionnaire can help you gain the clarity needed to succeed.
As we continue our journey of growth in our lives, careers, and relationships, it’s important to have a clear idea of where we are.
The important questions are where we want to go and how we will get there.
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Of course, plans change and then change again as you get started, but it’s a worthwhile idea to have a plan as you’re getting started.
Plans take ideas from abstract to reality.
Here we have a systematic approach to getting started.
Why you should take the ultimate success questionnaire
1. Assess where you are
2. Define where you want to be
3. Get there.
1. Assess where you are
Think about these few questions for a moment.
What’s working in your personal and professional life?
Which things are not working?
What makes you happy?
What do you most love doing?
Are there things you avoid?
What are you best at?
What, if anything, makes you miserable?
Which of your strengths can you leverage?
What do you wish you could do better?
2. Define where you want to be:
Think internally and examine these few things:
- Define your *gold standard* – for what you’d most like to be doing
- In the world
Now it is time to ask yourself a few questions.
What’s important to you (write what you want)?
What does work-life balance look like to you?
Are there relationships you want to build and improve on?
What values do you want to nurture and support?
Are there things you want to accomplish (what is your timeline)?
Do you want to work for yourself or for someone else?
Do you want your work to be a job, a career, or a passion?
If you chose a passion, what are you passionate about?
What gets you up in the morning (besides the alarm clock and coffee)
Rank these as to what most motivates you (or put others down) – for
why you might pick one work opportunity vs. another:
- Intellectual Stimulation
- Skill Development
- Giving Back
- Good Cause
- People – peers/management
- Corporate Culture
- Stepping Stone to something better
- Steep Learning Curve
- Physical Challenges
- Ability to Manage Others
- Leadership Role
- Love the Subject (e.g. Passion/hobby)
What impact would you like to have / difference you want to make?
Think about these things, and group and rank them accordingly:
- In the world
- Who are potential mentors or people who inspire you – that you’d
like to emulate or get to know better?
- What trends (e.g. industry, health, values) resonate with you?
- What would you most like to accomplish if you could do anything?
Define what success means to you!
Review the above answers, and start focusing on what you most want
- Professional life
- Personal life
- Volunteer life
Now, put a percentage next to each of these 3, e.g.:
- 55% Professional
- 30% Personal
- 15% Volunteer
3. Get there:
Define 3 SMART Objectives* for your professional, personal, and volunteer life.
Specific – What do you most want to improve or accomplish?
Measurable – How can you quantify when you’ve been successful at
What indications are important to show you are meaningfully
accomplishing what you want?
Achievable – Is this goal physically possible?
Relevant – Does it get you closer to where you are trying to go?
Timely – When do you want to accomplish the different steps or
Create an action plan based on your SMART goals
Include each objective’s who, what, why, when, where, and how.
Consider multiple strategies for each goal.
For example, if you own a business and you want to *Become
More Profitable * (by x%, in Y time), strategies might include:
- Increase Sales by X%
- Sell more Z to current clients
- Loyalty program
- Referral incentives
- Usage campaign
- Increase awareness among new X type of clients
- PR in relevant media
- Meaningful sponsorships
- Expand geography into X
- Enter X new sales channels
- Improve Gross Profit Margin by X
- Reduce Cost of Goods Sold by X%
- Get multiple bids
- Source better
- Consider revising the ratio of X to cost less
- Improve production efficiencies by…
- Reduce labor by…
- Take a Price Increase
Note: It’s easiest to break large tasks down into smaller,
more easily doable next steps.
Make sure you’ve thought about your financial needs over time:
- What do you personally need to *live*?
- How much would you like to *earn*?
- What amount do you want to *save*?
- How much would you like to *donate*?
- Do you have a budget for what you can spend and goals for what you need to earn to accomplish them?
Let the ultimate success questionnaire help you achieve success
Achieving what you want.
The way you want to.
In my career, I’ve worked with thousands of aspiring and established food
entrepreneurs through teaching and consulting.
I truly believe that success is personal.
It’s not the same for everyone.
For some, a business success might be building an internationally
Or getting bought out.
Or producing a favorite recipe and selling it in 3-5 local, upscale stores, so you feel you
All are great goals.
Each requires different energy, investment, timing and
The key is knowing what you want.
Match your “inputs” to your desired “output.”
Then enjoy the journey to make it happen… hopefully with
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