The Grief of Success

Last updated on November 23, 2023

In this podcast episode, I discuss the complex emotions, particularly grief, that can come with success, especially for women. I reflect on how societal norms have traditionally taught us to expect a savior and a straightforward path to happiness through conventional milestones like education, a stable job, and a partner. This programming often leads us away from traditional safety nets and into the world of entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

I discuss the current culture of entrepreneurship among women and how social media constantly bombards us with messages of easy success and the allure of being one's own boss. I emphasize the significance of women's entrepreneurship, particularly in light of historical restrictions on women's financial independence.

However, success isn't as straightforward or fulfilling as it's often portrayed. I share my personal journey, revealing a pivotal moment during a successful financial year when I questioned the true value and meaning of success. This led to a profound sense of grief as I realized that success and money don't inherently solve life's complexities or bring lasting happiness.

I discuss how success often leads to a dependence on continuous achievements, transforming what once were exciting victories into mere expectations. This realization that success is self-created, without any external savior, can be overwhelming and can shatter previously held beliefs and expectations.

I also touch on the loneliness and misunderstanding that can come with success.  Others may view your problems as less significant or enviable. This episode includes a story about a client who experienced similar feelings of grief when they faced the ongoing responsibilities of creating and maintaining success.

It is important to understand and evaluate one's beliefs and motivations. I share my own strategies for coping, including restructuring my business, setting boundaries, and focusing on sustainable long-term strategies.

I encourage you to confront your feelings and understand that happiness and contentment come from within, not from external achievements. The episode is a call to acknowledge and work through the grief that can come with success, understanding that it's a normal part of the journey.

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About the author 
 Jasmine Ivy

I’m Jasmine Ivy.

I’m a spiritual teacher and the founder of Women of Woo. I’m passionate about helping women awaken to their callings and step into leadership within their industries. I’ve worked with thousands of entrepreneurs who want to lead and build their missions with a more spiritually-aligned business strategy -- and that’s my specialty.

Jasmine Ivy

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