Explore the Unique, Endless Possibilities Within You

I’m sort of fascinated by makeup. And I suppose that’s saying something, because I’ve never worn any.

(OK, I might have been forced to powder my face a couple of times for photo and video shoots, and I was in a musical as a freshman in high school. But I’ve pushed those few experiences to the recesses of my memory. And the picture you see with this column every month has been painstakingly Photoshopped to make me look presentable, but I wasn’t wearing any makeup when it was taken.)

Really though, cosmetics do interest me. Humans have been wearing the stuff for at least 5,000 years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians. And in all cases, the wearer has used makeup in an attempt to alter perceptions about herself or himself, whether purely for aesthetic reasons, in an attempt to appear more attractive, or as part of a costume. The intent is for other people to see the wearer differently.


Every story in the magazine this month offers a lesson in how to make the most of the infinite possibilities ahead of you. This is The Abundance Issue.


What do we do to see ourselves and the world differently, though? Each morning, people sit in front of the mirror for a moment or an hour, dutifully applying changes to their outward appearance. But all of that lipstick and blush must come off at the end of the day. It strikes me as odd, then, that so few of us take time to freshen up our thinking. For some of us, that hurried time in the morning would be better spent in quiet thought, counting our blessings before the day ahead, which when made practice, would yield improvements more than cosmetic in the years and decades to come.

Our cover gal, Michelle Phan, is ample proof of the possibilities that each day brings. One morning nearly a decade ago, she amused herself by sitting in front of a camera and sharing her secrets for applying natural-looking makeup. Day by day, in the time since, she has built a cosmetics empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In our story, Integrated Content Editor Cecilia Meis explores how Phan touched up her inner self with constant personal growth, drive and optimism that have led to her success.

Related: How Michelle Phan Built a $500 Million Beauty Empire

Every story in the magazine this month offers a lesson in how to make the most of the infinite possibilities ahead of you. This is The Abundance Issue.

In it, we have essays on the invaluable practice of self-assessment. Associate Editor Jamie Friedlander analyzed her life from an unconventional perspective—viewing herself as the hero of a video game—and writer Michael Graff took on the difficult process of considering whether the people closest to him are helping in his journey of growth or holding him back.

Other stories illustrate that this abundance can be reached by anyone. We tell of a woman who overcame sexual abuse as a child to reach her potential as a business owner and another woman helping prison inmates move forward from their troubled past into entrepreneurial journeys of their own. And we meet and study a few of the people who have taken their futures into their own hands by jumping into the YouEconomy.

Every page in this issue is dedicated to helping you explore the unique, endless possibilities within you. Remember that when you read it and listen to the corresponding interviews on the SUCCESS Talks podcast, you’re adding to the youth, vitality and beauty of your mind. That’ll never smudge.

Related: Video: Michelle Phan’s SUCCESS Cover Shoot


This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.



Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and DallasCowboys.com. Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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