September 27, 2013

When I Think of Success

I think it is safe to say that Twitter is, and always will be, my favorite social network.

Today it helped me discover a girl who literally could share the same brain as me. At least she "gets me" in a way not a lot of people in my life do. Let me explain...

"When I think of success, I don’t think about working for some multi-million dollar corporation managing all of the best accounts, swiftly climbing the corporate ladder.

Instead, I think about being happy. I think about finding a career that I love, one that challenges me... that allows me to help others, that allows me to give back in some way.

That doesn’t make me any less ambitious. That doesn’t make me any less determined. It just means that I’m working towards something different.

And I’ll never apologize for that."


She wrote that in her Generation Y Redfines Success post and it is basically everything I've been wanting to say for a long time.

I can think back to when I applied to college. I didn't want to but I did because what else was I supposed to do? Disobey my father? Disappoint other family members? Yeah... right. I spent my first two years, and only college years so far, miserable. I got by with a decent GPA, skipping a lot of classes and doing half-assed work, because I wasn't happy or inspired. I was working towards other peoples definition of success, not my own.

Almost 6 years later I find myself in a similar situation. It's not that I don't want to put in the work, because I am a damn hard worker, I just don't want to settle. I know what I am capable of and I know there are opportunities out there that are perfect for me.

success what people think it looks like
Photo Credit: Demetri Martin, “This is a book"

My path to success is exciting, messy, and different. I'm okay with that. Thank you, Kayla, for speaking out about this.

8 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you on this one! :-) Success doesn't come easy, and finding what your truly passionate about is a journey! Love you!

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  2. Hi Lolly, I love the graphic. I am in my mid 50s and have never had a real career. I had a home daycare when my boys were very young but was blessed to be able to do what my soul called me to do,rear my children and volunteer. I have worked in the school system over the years but mainly I volunteer and have a small business that feeds my heart but not my pocketbook. I am tremendously successful imho because I make other people's lives brighter and I am happy. I'm Beverly (BEglorious), part of the Tribe building event :)

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  3. I think it is a good thing I found your blog because Twitter is my least favorite social media platform. Love your blog background btw. Tribe building!

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    1. Thanks Connie! I actually wasn't a fan of Twitter when I joined about six years ago but it turned out to be the most successful for me. I've met amazing friends through it, have raised money with charity and so much more. I'm working on a relaunch of my blog... I'm sure you noticed my lack of content and am going to have a focus on social media. Maybe some of it can inspire you! :)

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  4. I love that definition of success. I think it is what you make it. As long as you are successful in your eye that is all that should matter. (Visiting from Sits Tribe Building)

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Success is different for everyone ... mostly because each person has different goals. I think, really, that "success" is acknowledgement that one has reached one's goals, and is happy to have accomplished them. For some people, their greatest success is knowing that they did their best to raise a child. For others, it's knowing that they had a solid career. Sometimes, it's buying a house. And, sometimes, it's throwing caution to wind and doing something adventurous--hiking the Appalachian Trail, for instance. We each have our own goals, our own definitions of success. "Success" is really about excelling at what makes you happy. And no one should deprive themselves of that.

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    1. Couldn't agree more with what you said. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dawn!

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