How do you define success in life?


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Today, I decided to write out a conversation I had with myself. Lately, I have been wondering a lot abut the future. Frankly, it both scares and excites me. I’m excited for all the measurable goals I will be able to scratch off my list, but I’m scared for all the goals that are fuzzy and hard to measure. I’m having these thoughts, maybe somebody else is???

“Success in life comes NOT from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.” – Warren G. Lester

What defines your success?

I’m still not quite sure if I have succeeded in life. I know that at every cornerstone in life, I felt the sense of accomplishment. When I graduated college, I was extremely delighted. I was even more delighted when I received and accepted my job offer. But those moments of success and accomplishment quickly diminished, and then the hard part came.

What comes after success?

For me, it’s about figuring out what’s next. So what? I’ve accomplished my goal, but what’s next????

How do you continue success in life?

I think success is an interesting feeling. I have never truly felt satisfied. As soon as I completed an assignment, I was ready for the next one. I’m extremely impatient. I want things now, and I diligently plan a way to get them. I’m always raising the bar, trying to be better.

Do you feel successful right now?

There are times that I feel successful. But then, I start thinking about how much else I want to do and feel discouraged.

How do you defeat the sense of discouragement to succeed again?

It’s all about the big picture, right? I just keep thinking about the big picture. All the little pictures add up to a big picture.

I thought I would be grown up by now. I’m almost 23. I thought I would know what I wanted to be by now, or how I would define my success. But I’m as lost as ever. In school, there were always guidelines. Someone was always number one. The lines are extremely blurry now. I’m not really sure what I want to be five or ten years from now. Do I want to be a CEO at 37 years? Or do I want be working for myself by the time I’m 40? The questions perplex me every day. 

How did you figure it out???



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  • First, please edit your post because it contains some pretty rough mistakes. In regards to succeeding in life, it really is an ongoing process. The best way is to set up goals you can work towards to like buying a home, having children, traveling, and donating to charities. I have to say I have trouble with goals because I tend to shoot for the sky and fall quite short most of the time. Guess I have to set up little goals in the meantime.

    • Oops! Thanks for the heads up. That’s what I get for writing a post while I was half asleep. I really wanted to write down my thoughts.
      I do think about those life goals but I don’t know, i’m not at a stage in life where i’m planning out kids, etc. I feel like a kid myself, i’m not ready for that reality.

  • Now that I’m older, I define success a lot differently than when I was in my 20s. Now, success mean having a happy life. We have enough money to be comfortable and that’s good for me. I don’t want to trade anymore of my limited time for money (or power, or more stuff.)
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