thoughts on success

This post is inspired by a random link shared on FB about qualities of successful people.  I clicked through to find an article on how grit and determination are predictors of success.  I suppose that I can agree that those are two good qualities to have when striving to reach goals.

Grit, and therefore success, means going to a networking meeting when you are drained and taking time to write thank you notes after a networking opportunity.  Maybe it is because I am usually tired, but if I am drained, attending a networking party or trying to write thank you notes will only end up making me look like an incompetent idiot who cannot finish sentences or form a coherent thought.  Of course I can sit in the corner and just people watch.  Great way to not say something stupid, but not a very effective networking style.

The underlying premise behind the article is that success is getting a promotion, a raise, and more power.   It is written for business people, so maybe that fits.  However, business people are people and I have a hard time accepting that definition of success for anyone.

What is success?

Is an artist or musician not successful after spending a life doing what they love and sharing it with others?

Is a minister not successful because they do not build a mega-church and instead spend his/her life helping the souls in a small rural area?

Is anyone not successful because they enjoy what they are doing and have no desire to do their boss’s job?

Maybe we all have to define success for ourselves.

What does success mean to you?

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20 thoughts on “thoughts on success

  1. Oh, boy, if my road to success is networking, I’m in trouble… I am so bad at this. I keep to myself at conferences; I have to force myself to get out there. To me success is finding something that makes you happy and doing it to the best of your ability. And if you can make money from it, well, that’s even better!

  2. Hi my successful friend. Just doing a bit of networking. I’m expecting a thank you note from you Katie 😉 …… Success for me is receiving notification from you that makes me look like an incompetent idiot who cannot finish sentences or form a coherent thought…… !! Ralph xox 😀

  3. Success to me is being satisfied with how I’ve lived my life and decisions I’ve made …being true to myself but not of course to the exclusion of trying to make those in my life loved and cared for…. Diane

    • Great points: satisfied with decisions and being true to yourself. With your caring spirit, I would imagine that that would include loving and caring for your loved ones. Thanks for sharing your perspective! 8)

  4. Katie, you make some excellent points about the difference between success and achievement! Some of the most inspiring “successful” people I’ve ever known would not be judged so by their corporate or financial achievements, but they made such a difference in the lives of individuals and the overall environment of their neighborhoods and towns.
    Excellent post.

    • Ah, you just put your finger on it! Success vs Achievement.
      Thank you for helping me to understand why the “success” article unsettled me even though it sounded true. 8)

  5. Enjoyed your post.
    Like you, I do not do well interacting with groups of people (especially people I don’t know!) when tired or stressed. (As an introvert, I can have a hard time with that at most times)
    I think it’s smart (and healthy) to question a definition of success that does not fit for you, Being true to yourself (even though that is a cliche, I know) is going to allow you to give the most to your world.

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