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Can you own your success?

2 Jul 2022

Can you own your success?

Can you own your success?


For many of us, success means being reconsied for our accomplishments and achieving goals. But there's a problem: people often define our success by their terms, not ours. In other words, they define our success based on what they want in life rather than what we want out of it.

This is especially true when it comes to career paths and the opportunities that could come up along the way. You might be very successful at your job but because you're unhappy with where you are professionally or where your career is heading, others might not see that as an indication of your actual level of success or happiness (even though it is).

Plan for the next phase of your career.

Your next big challenge may come from an unexpected place. It’s important to be open to new opportunities, even if they don’t seem like a step up on the ladder you envisioned for yourself. You could leave a job that you loved and enjoyed, only to find that something better is waiting just around the corner.

To succeed in your next phase of life, it will take more than just hard work and dedication. It will take risk-taking and persistence as well—and an open mind about where those risks might lead you (or back where they started). For example: I once worked for a company that was sold out from under me because its owner wanted to retire early—and took his business with him! After months of searching for another management position in similar fields, however, I began looking elsewhere and discovered an opportunity in a very different industry that was much better suited to my skill set than anything else had been up until then. This change took some getting used to at first but turned out great because I got into something new while still doing what I love most—leading teams through tough situations toward success.*

Take control of your success and don't let others define it for you

Your success is yours to define. You get to decide what your success is and how you want it defined. It’s not up to anyone else but you, so don't let others define it for you.

While we can all agree that "success" is subjective, no one can take away the fact that you're successful if they don't agree with your definition of the word—unless they have a gun pointed at our heads.

Once again, taking control of your career means being able to determine how happy you are professionally and personally, as well as making sure that these two parts of your life are aligned with each other so that neither compromises the other's needs or desires too much (or at all).


You’re in control of your career, and your success. You can define success for yourself, and you don’t have to rely on others to do it for you.

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