How 9 Incredibly Successful People Define Success

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Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.

We write lots of stories about success here at Business Insider, but we don't always agree on its definition.

Merriam-Webster defines it as "the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame," but this interpretation doesn't feel complete.

With that in mind, we researched what foremost authors, inventors, and entrepreneurs consider success to be. Advertisement

Read on to see how Richard Branson, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, and others define success.