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Who defines your success?

Are you living your definition of success, or someone else’s?

When I was at uni, I was always surprised when I came across people who were studying degrees that offered rewarding, well paid careers (e.g. law, medicine, etc.), but who were deeply unhappy. How could they be unhappy with such a great future? But it usually turned out that those individuals were doing that study because either “that’s what you do when you get good marks” or they were pressured to do so by their parents.

They were doing it because it met someone else’s definition of success. But it’s not just people studying those courses that suffer from this.


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One of the modules I take clients through in my 7 Step Career Change Program focuses on what success really means. And it’s amazing how many people come to realise that throughout their lives, and especially their careers, they’ve actually been pursuing someone else’s definition of success.

Once we establish what success really means to them, it’s incredibly liberating. They can then start to make career and life choices that really resonate. Everything just becomes easier.

Whose definition of success are you living?

We are heavily influenced by our parents. So, when you’re at a career crossroad, it’s worth reviewing this to make sure that the ladder you put in front of yourself is the one that you really do want to climb.

If you’d like to hear more, listen to this podcast interview I did with Liv Downing where she talks about how her rediscovered definition of success has helped her to shape her future work.

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