I just wanna be successful…
By Brittany Davis
Being so eager to start our careers, it strangely enough has me thinking about what it will feel like somewhere down the road. Ya know, when we actually get there. When we’re successful. We’re so quick to throw around that word, to strive to achieve it. But what is success? Is it making six figures? A flashy car? Private jet? Maybe it’s the big house with the white picket fence, 2.5 kids and a husband that puts Ryan Reynolds to shame. We’re all so quick to start our journey; to be able to call ourselves successful..but by whose standards? Society? Our family? Our friends? Who is to say what our lives should amount to?
Doing well in your career is important, absolutely. That’s kind of a huge point of pursuing them. But our jobs shouldn’t take over our lives, they should be a part of them. At the end of the day you want to be doing something you enjoy, doing something that has a purpose. Whether the purpose it fulfills is to someone else, or to yourself, what you do should matter. Success is so much more than being able to show up at your ten year high school reunion being able to show up your past classmates. It’s about showing up and having something to show for the time that’s passed. Maybe it’s a little cliche, but success to me is the intangibles. The memories created along the way and all the battles we overcame to get there. Success is waking up in the morning and knowing that this is what you wanted and not somebody else. It’s striving for more and not becoming complacent, but always having dreams as well as the desire to achieve them. At the end of the day, all that matters is that your smiling. Being happy with what you’ve accomplished, and where you are, but more importantly with who you are, to me? It doesn’t get any more successful than that.