Redefining Success

My wilderness journey has taught me to redefine success. I have learned that success is defined in a numerous ways.  The more I think about it, the more ways I can think of defining success, and most of them are unrelated to career. 

Then: Success is having a meaningful career and its financial rewards. 

Some Ways I Define Success Now:

  • Success is having a meaningful career.
  • Success is financial security.
  • Success is knowing, loving, and being faithful to God.
  • Success is fully being who I was divinely created to be.
  • Success is enjoying good relationships.
  • Success is belonging.
  • Success is helping others in need.
  • Success is making it to my son’s track meet.
  • Success is helping my daughter with her math homework.
  • Success is forgiving my husband.
  • Success is creating a warm and nurturing home.
  • Success is encouraging a discouraged friend.
  • Success is driving my kids to school on time.
  • Success is organizing a playdate for kids who need to socialize.
  • Success is not procrastinating.
  • Success is driving kids to school on time.
  • Success is making a healthy dinner.
  • Success is folding laundry.
  • Success is having laundry.
  • Success is finding my glasses or keys.
  • Success is helping my friend find a rental property.
  • Success is connecting people with each other.
  • Success is forgiveness.
  • Success is having integrity.
  • Success is saying yes to beauty and nature.
  • Success is not overworking and turning off the computer.
  • Success is having a thankful and peaceful heart.
  • Success is celebrating my success instead of criticizing what’s wrong.
  • Success is finishing this blog even though it has taken three years to write.
  • Success is multi-faceted and has infinite measures.
  • Success is transformation.
  • Success is knowing I am blessed.

The charts below show how my experiences and values are changing in relation to career, identity, and self-worth. I am moving away from the left and toward the right. It has been an arduous journey of healing, and the growing continues into other areas of my life.

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If you or someone you love is on the left side of the first chart, I hope this blog gives you comfort and encouragement that there is a way out. While the left side of the second chart may not always be possible, the right side is always possible. In the next post I will share some ideas on how parents might help their children find not a perfect career, but purpose and direction in their lives.

Author: Patricia Tina Wu

I'm a teacher educator, realtor, mom, and now also a blogger. I've worked in corporate sales and marketing and as an elementary school teacher. Settling into a career has always been difficult for me. I hope that my experiences will help career seekers, young people, and their parents navigate what is sometimes a confusing and difficult area of life. I'm not out of the desert yet, but things are finally starting to make more sense.

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