Who determines whether or not a person is considered successful? And what qualities must a person have to be considered as such? Does having a big house with a white-picket fence, expensive car, happy family, fulfilling job, etc. all determine whether or not a person is considered successful? Perhaps your definition of success does not include having any of the above, but is measured solely on the fact that you’re happy. And if that’s the case, I’m happy for you because I think that success is above all determined by happiness.
If you google the word success online, you’ll find a variety of definitions that generally say more or less the same thing. Many of the definitions comment on the achievement of wealth, respect or fame and give a nod to attaining popularity or prosperity. And some of you may completely agree with that definition of success because it really is in the eye of the beholder. One person may have a completely different definition of success to another because every person is on their own path to achieving their own personal goals and ambitions. I’ve come to understand that the journey to success can seem relatively unclear especially when you’re in your early twenties. No matter what your definition of success may be, the journey to get there is without a doubt frustrating and can leave you feeling completely lost. Throughout life up until this point, the road has been clear for most of us. As a kid, your job is to go to school, get good grades and continue your education until you graduate high school. In college, you continue learning in your desired field all the while thinking you’re a young adult, independent and all that jazz. Your first full-time job is undeniably the wake up call of real life. That’s what it felt like for me anyway.
Just know that there is no clear road to finding success on your journey. All we really can do is take each day at a time and continue to work hard to keep our passions alive. With each passing day, it can become easy to loose sight of what it is we really want and I know that first hand. We’re caught up in our daily lives and the routine of sleep, eat, work, weekend, repeat, etc. As a busy young professional, I think it’s all too easy to loose that fire that sparks our ambition to stay motivated. If we don’t pay close attention to it, that drive can easily fade away and we’ll look back on our young lives further into adulthood with regrets and the feeling of “what could have been.” Take a step back and think about what your journey to success looks like. Are you actively working to get there? You deserve to give yourself the chance, don’t forget that.