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I was recently reminded that the "traditional" definition of sucess it isn't necessarily what our personal definition of success would be if we took the time to define it for ourselves. What's the difference and why does this matter? How disappointed would we be if we reached the end of a long journey toward a goal only to discover that the goal was never really ours to begin with? What if our own personal definition of success is vastly different than the corporate view? What if it is vastly different than the view of society? I believe that many of life's dissapointments occur because we are chasing other peoples dreams rather than our own and the notion of sucess is such an integral part of our personal happiness that it warrants some time spent defining it for ourselves.
Through the study of "work" and "working" it has been revealed that most people search for worthy work. The actual definition of this is different for each individual. Essentially the concept of "worthy" work comes from the notion that the worthy profession is the type of work that causes people to want to do it and is a subjective concept based on the worker. The same can be said for success; essentially it is subjective for each individual and offers the truest form of gratification.
I would like to stress that although success and work are most often regarded as simultaneous they are not necessarily so for every person. Work can be merely an avenue to provide resources toward ones passion and it's really ok if that's the case. No where is it written that our work is what has to define our sucess.
I challenge the reader to take some time to answer the following questions:
- What is it that gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?
- What are the things you would most like to accomplish in life before your time is through?
- If money were no object, what would you spend your time doing?
- If your traditional work is not your passion, are there things you can do in your free time that are?
- Is there a legacy that you want to leave behind you? If so, what would that entail?
It's Your Turn:
What are the things that give you the greatest sense of accomplishment? Have you taken the time to define success for yourself? Was your definition what you thought it would be?
Please share your answers to these questions and feel free to add more questions for self reflection. I look forward to hearing from you!