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How can we define value of personal success

Written by Radical Geeks Technologies on Thursday, 15 December 2011

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Success: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. This is the definition provided by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. I find this to be an interesting definition, especially when we think about situations that we have found ourselves in to perhaps be wealthy and in a position of power, but ultimately unhappy with it all. Would we still consider ourselves successful? The question here lies with the notion of aligning success with happiness. Are you successful because you are happy, and are you happy because you are successful?
There is a question that is asked of many graduating students searching for the next step in their lives. If you could do one thing in your life, all the time, and money wasn't an issue, what would it be? Some people would say they would work on old cars, and with this answer, they should ultimately become a mechanic or something related. Some might say they would go shopping every day, so ultimately they should become a merchandise buyer for a store, or a mystery shopper. Some might say they would go out to eat all the time, so perhaps they could become a food critic. But, what about the people who would want to do all of those things, all simultaneously, and experience anything and everything they can? What if one of those people is me?
It's almost as if my interest and curiosity about so many different things is what is ultimately plaguing me in the end. When asked the question about what I would do if I didn't have to work and money wasn't an issue, the only thing I can think of is a plethora of different opportunities. I would travel, I would write a book, I would take cooking and pastry lessons, I would learn to knit and crochet, I would learn new languages, I would enroll back in school just to take those classes that I always wanted to but couldn't because they didn't fit into my major requirements and I would have to either pay extra for them or just be making more work for myself. I would renovate old furniture and houses and beautify them. I would plant beautiful gardens with flowers and vegetables alike. I would become a wine connoisseur, and would learn to ski like a pro.
So, what kind of career is right for me? This is the unanswerable question I face every day. I see people in different positions and immediately picture myself in the same situations. Many times, I think and nod to myself that yes, I could definitely do this, and enjoy it. Enjoy it forever? Enjoy it for a month? What if I didn't like it anymore? When life is all about a push for success, how do we even work toward finding success if we don't even know what it is that will make us successful? Finding myself in this dilemma, I created my own definition of success: finding true happiness, contentment, and optimism with every aspect involve with consistence hard working . Maybe the average person on the street wouldn't consider me to be successful, but then again, what am trying to measure up to?