Have you given thought to how you will define success in your life and career? Is it driven by material accumulations – money and “stuff,” or something else? It’s an important point to ponder now that you are embarking on a career.
As someone who is on the “mature” side of 50, let me tell you that somehow life speeds up as it evolves and without conscious thought, purposeful living, thoughtful choices, you may find yourself on the mature side of 50 and lamenting that you didn’t travel, didn’t make an effort to reach your career goal and so on.
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan
There are many definitions of success, as the Bob Dylan quote demonstrates. Sometimes it’s not about money or fame or title or owning a mega-house in the ‘burbs or an industrial loft in the downtown. Sometimes it’s about doing it your way.
“If you don’t wake up in the morning excited to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven’t found your calling yet.” -Mike Wallace
You will work many hours day in and day out in a job, building your career. If you’re not excited to do what you’re paid to do, those hours will seem interminably long. If you’ve not found your calling, you might think hard about whether it’s worth getting stuck by the paycheque, the benefits, the retirement plan. You might find good reasons for honouring the talents you were given by finding a role that excites you!
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius
Confucius lived between 551–479 BCE, and was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher. Some truths never die.
“Everyone deserves a meaningful career.” – Stephanie