Ask ten people how they measure success, and you’ll get ten different answers.
Your own answer to this question today is probably different than your answer was ten years ago…or will be ten years from now.
Not happy at work?
Not happy in your relationships?
Not happy with your current situation in life?
It’s at least partially due to not knowing how you and those around you are measuring success. If you don’t know what success looks like, how can you ever hope to achieve it?
If you’re working for an organization that measures success differently than you do, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll become unhappy in that organization.
As you consider how you measure success, avoid the comparative happiness trap. The trap that says you can’t be happy or consider yourself successful until you have as much or more than someone else.
Ultimately, it all comes down to your own perception of what success is, how you define it, and what you’re willing to do to achieve it.
Your personal definition of success is about you and no one else.
Hint—it usually requires a lot of hard work to achieve any meaningful success, no matter how it’s measured.