What do you see as success?

The Oxford dictionary defines success in four ways:

  1. The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
  2. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.
  3. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc.
  4. The good or bad outcome of an undertaking.

As people, we all look at success differently.  One person’s definition of success might not be the same as another’s, because we are all wired individually with various interests and life goals.  Someone might view success as having a rich husband with two perfect children, while someone else might see becoming the CEO of a major company as reaching the pinnacle of success.

What we view as success is never straightforward and nobody can give a right or wrong answer.  It all comes down to the person, or perhaps the group of people, in question.  Yet it does rouse the thought of what the young people of our generation see as success.  Do they have the same views and thought processes, or are there varying definitions of success among different “cliques”, ages or peer groups?

I would like to know your thoughts on this topic, especially the young people, as it is your thoughts that I want to capture.  I will also be carrying out further research by speaking to a variety of other young people, as I plan to bring it all together and write about my findings in a future post.  So for all the young people out there, what do you see as success and what does success mean to you?

Photo by Simply CVR and used under Creative Commons Licence.
Photo by Simply CVR and used under Creative Commons Licence.

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