on success

what is success? is it making as much money as you want? is it having your dream job? is it being comfortable enough to do the things you want on the weekend? is it accomplishing that goal you wanted? is it running a marathon?
i think success depends on who you are. it depends on your mindframe. where you are in life.

to me, success is happiness. i can be happy without having all the money in the world, but being happy when you're struggling for money is hard. so it's about finding a comfortable medium for me. i think i put more weight on having the dream job than making money out of it. i mean, let's be honest, i'm a journalism major so i'm really not anticipating becoming a millionaire any time soon. but i've managed to find work that i'm happy doing. that i can stand behind confidently. i can go out for a run and go to my yoga classes, and while i'm not close to buying a mercedes benz on my own, maybe one day i can. i've reached a point in my life where things are starting to get comfortable. i'm happy. i'm successful.

i think a lot of people get caught up on in holding a dollar sign next to their successes and thinking they're failures until they get to that dollar amount. i don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to be financially comfortable, but i think neglecting the amazing things you're doing simply because you don't have all the money in the world.

success can be measured in a number of ways, and i think remembering to acknowledge and relish in each of those ways is crucial to a good life balance.

what does success mean to you?


  1. This is so ironic that you are posting this right now. I'm still in graduate school and a lot of friends are on their way to promotions. It's hard for me to look at that and still think that I am successful. But I agree with you completely, success does not have to be directly correlated to money or objects. I feel successful after my hour and a half of hot yoga sun salutation routines, and when I do something nice for others. Definitely an important thing to keep in mind, thank you!

  2. Well said, friend.

    for me, it can easily be summed up by the line at the end of It's A Wonderful Life: no man is a failure who has friends.

    I have struggled for years thinking that success was about a job, a marriage, financial security, etc. What I realized when all of those things bottomed out was that I was surrounded by dozens and dozens of friends and supporters - both in the real world and in this beautiful blogging community. It was then I was sure that I was NOT a failure, for I have people in my life who would see to it that I would make it through.

    Wonderful post, doll.
    Happy Thursday!

  3. I love this. My definition of success is similar to yours. It's all about balance. I could work at a big law firm and make six figures, but instead, I work at a small firm and make waaaay less than that. But I don't work 70 hours a week. I don't work on the weekends. I don't sleep with my phone under my pillow for 2am emails. I like my job and am challenged by it, and then I get to go home and eat dinner with my husband, go for a run, and watch TV. :-)

  4. Amen sister! I have been thinking about this a lot lately and have been frustrated that I put pressure on myself to live up to what's others see as success. I don't have it figured out yet, but it's so nice to know others are thinking about it too.

  5. i agree, success is about feeling that surge of accomplishment and that you've made your mark on the world!

  6. I totally agree. I have, in the last year, stopped measuring my success to the amount of money I bring in, and I've never felt so content. I found that when I stopped 'wanting' things I became a lot happier. This is a really great message, and I LOVE the pic !

  7. I love this, and I needed it. I fall into the trap of thinking my job and career path is so much less significant that that of all my friends who work in finance//engineering//corporate marketing. Then I remember that I'm one of the few in that group who truly loves going to work each day, and THAT is success to me.

  8. I love this post! I think it is so important to keep in mind different concepts of success, and to recognize that even what you think of as success will change throughout your life and that's ok. Right now I am in the midst of a career transition, and it can be so frustrating sometimes to wish I was further along professionally - so this reminder is very welcome! :)

  9. i love this. i've spent a lot of time defining success to myself over the last year, and learning how important it is to be happy with yourself and your own progress. you've got that down girl!

  10. Oh my, yes. Over the past four years living in a new city (coming only from the city I grew up AND went to college in), I've been through three different jobs. The only I'm in now is the lowest paying, but I have never been happier. I'm lucky to have D who helps us be much more comfortable financially. I think you're totally right though; success is very likely on a scale dependent on where we are in life. But I don't think success will ever NOT be based on happiness for me (which I think it a good thing). I do know that the happiness may eventually come from other sources though. As I grow "older," I feel like I definitely grow wiser and understand the things that are important to me...and realizing that success and happiness is different for everyone. What a great idea to explore.


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