How Do YOU Measure Success?
When you picture someone successful, what do you see? A business man or woman at the top of their company, making fistfuls of cash? A small business owner? A salesperson earning a five thousand dollar bonus and a new car? While all of these may be depictions of success, ask yourself this: Are they your ideas of success?
Oftentimes, we are narrowly defined by our careers (there’s that classic dinner party question, “So what do you do?”). Modern philosopher and author Alian de Botton calls this tendency of passing judgment on others according to their occupation “job snobbery.” He says, “What is a snob? A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are.”
I am a huge proponent of a healthy work-life balance. Most of us care about things outside of work (family and friends, traveling, boating, cooking, hiking, etc.). These are the things that lend meaning to our lives and give us a deeper purpose. Being a successful photographer, for example, might be just as important to you as earning a raise. And that’s ok. So, this is my advice to you: Take the time to think about your personal definition of success. Make a list of things that are important in your life and start thinking about how you can achieve success in each of those areas. Do you want to be an excellent role model for your children? Do you want to spend more time with friends? Do you want to hone your woodworking skills? Or climb a mountain? Or write a book?
And yes, your career should probably make it onto the list as well, but I advise you to think about your work on your own terms. What does career success look like to you? Does it mean climbing the company ladder? Making more money? Starting your own business? Or maybe your goal is simpler than that; maybe you would like to be the best you can be in your current position and wow others with your outstanding performance. Whatever the case might be, it’s your goal. It’s your definition of success. How will you achieve it?
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