I always thought success was the end game and you have to get to it as soon as possible or at the very least, when everyone else is getting to it. I saw success as having a successful business or being in charge of a department at a company. Also, you ended up working in the field that you majored in in college. And in your personal life you had a significant other and lots of friends. I saw success as an upward line on a graph and that if you really were on the right path, you would only keep going up. And once you got to those things, you reached everyone’s expectation of successful and you don’t have to worry anymore. You don’t have to strive for anything else. You’ve reached End Game.
What I think about success now is that it’s a journey and success will look different for each one of us because we all come from different backgrounds and we all have different dreams. I have a degree in screenwriting, but just because I don’t work in a tv writer’s room, doesn’t mean that I’m not successful. I just got promoted to a new department outside of customer care, but that doesn’t mean that I’m done reaching for other things. I’m currently single, but that doesn’t mean I failed at love. When we’re striving for success, we have to leave room for the failures too, because there will be plenty, big and small. But that doesn’t mean we should give up. Success is about finding what works for you. There is no cookie cutter path.
How can you redefine success?
Happy Martin Luther King Day!