Success is a funny thing. We all think we know what it means, but when it really boils down to it we probably don’t agree on the exact definition of it. Sure, we might have one or two things in common but the overall accomplishment of success varies.
There’s also a big difference between the success of an entrepreneur and that of someone who’s employed by someone else. And there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just different.
When it boils down to it success truly means whatever you think it means. It doesn’t matter what your friends, parents or event partner says about your success—you might be wildly successful in their eyes and nowhere near in your own—so it’s important for you to define success for yourself.
Here are a few ways that I classify success for myself:
At the end of the day, my biggest measure of personal success is passion. How passionate am I am about what I’m working on. There are some things that I’m passionate about that I don’t love to do “work” projects on and some that I just kill it.
One of my biggest measures of success is how passionate am I about the projects I’m working on. Projects that don’t meet the standard I’ve set and have no additional redeeming qualities get bumped off pretty fast.
When I first started out on my own, one of my biggest things was that I wanted to be able to define ALL of my time. I didn’t want anyone to be able to impose their schedules on mine.
There are a ton of reasons for this, but one of the biggest ones is that not every hour of the day is a great time for me to work. I am not a morning person but between the hours of 4 and 11 pm, I can do double the work that most other people can because that’s when I’m in the zone.
If I’m defining my own schedule, my success score is up. If not, it’s time to make some adjustments.
When it comes down to it, money is the first thing I’ll sacrifice for something else. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a bottom line that I need to make so I can pay the bills and financially I want to see growth.
I’d even go so far as to say I can be really money motivated on certain aspects. But, at the end of the day, some things aren’t worth the money. I’ve become much more careful about using money as a determining factor for something and being paid what something’s work has become more important than simply making money.
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Tae started out as a journalist before following the money into the corporate world. But it turns out that the grass isn’t always greener and now you can find her spending most of her time writing about all the things she loves. Namely, money, travel and business with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humor. She is a podcast fanatic, blogging aficionado and loves to find new ways to turn passions into cold hard cash!