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What does success look like in the position you are in right now and how do you measure that success?

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Daniel’s Answer

Remember that your idea of success will change throughout your life. In my 20s, success meant a high paying, executive position at a Fortune 50 company. In my 30s, success meant having a family and a career that supported a work-life balance. In my 40s, success means a career that will keep me excited, engaged, and prepare me for retirement in my mid-50s. Ironically, my view of success in my 20s is very similar to that of my 40s.

In essence, be comfortable knowing that your station in life will evolve as you learn and grow.
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Doc’s Answer

Success is subjective Jessica. There are lots of vectors of success you should be chasing. If you’re firing on all of these cylinders, you’re officially killing it.

1. CAREER GROWTH
If your career offers ways to progress along a career path, you won’t feel stuck or limited in what may be possible. And it may not be only a move to a manager position. It may instead be something like moving from project coordinator to project manager to project principal. You may move from being a project manager to being a portfolio manager or product manager. Being in a career that offers options and growth keeps it interesting and satisfying through the years. You won’t be stuck in a dead-end career that offers no chance of movement. Instead, as you gain experience and expertise, you can continue to move forward along the career path.

2. MEANINGFUL WORK
Having a career that allows you to do work that’s meaningful gives more purpose to your job. This could be work that’s meaningful within your organization, or on a larger scale. Your work is interesting and important to you. And hopefully, you’re able to spend your time doing something you can even feel excited about. A career that provides opportunities to learn new skills will keep it interesting. You won’t get bored as easily, and you’ll be able to change things up as you add new skills and expertise in your role. You get bonus points if your work aligns with your values. If you work for a company that supports a mission that’s important to you or you’re able to contribute directly to something meaningful, then you’ll feel a more direct link to how your work positively supports your values. This can give added meaning to your work. Then it won’t simply feel like a job, but a way you’re contributing to a larger mission.

3. MAKING AN IMPACT
So many people dread going to their jobs and hate the work they do. Free time with family and friends is important, but it’s so much better when you also love your work. And if you love your work a great deal, it often doesn’t even feel like work. A career that lets you make an impact in your company can be greatly satisfying. Knowing that you’re able to do work that impacts the team, or the company, or the world helps you feel like your work matters. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment that money can’t buy. Leading or contributing to a project, helping to solve problems, or leading change within your organization are all contributions that can positively impact many people and teams.

4. CAREER STABILITY
You have a career that allows you to live without the constant fear of being unemployed. Even if you find yourself in a position of being downsized or laid off, you have skills and experience that are in demand and will allow you to find another position. Working in a career that gives you skills and expertise that are in-demand and transferrable provides flexibility and peace of mind. If you’re receiving a promotion at regular intervals, your company is aware of your professional contributions and values your commitment. If you have a game plan for where you want to head, you can make sure that your career growth is pushing you towards career success.

5. LIVABLE WAGE OR BETTER
It’s important to be able to cover the necessary expenses to reduce stress in your life. It’s even better if you’re not just getting by, but able to cover indulgences such as dining out occasionally and travel. You may also need to have money to care for others, like children or elderly parents. It’s also important to be able to save money for emergencies and retirement. Working in a job or career that provides enough pay to cover all these things, and gives you peace of mind about your future, makes a big difference in how much you can enjoy your work without financial stress.

At the end of the day, there is perhaps no greater measure of your professional success than your happiness. If you enjoy what you do and don’t dread going to work every day, you should consider yourself fortunate Jessica.

Hope this was Helpful Jessica
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Ram’s Answer

For me, success in my position is making sure that I not only do what is required of me, but also make sure that I ask my superiors what else I can help them with. In addition to being as helpful as I can, I think being a success also has a lot to do with getting my name out there. Whether by winning the case comp or reaching out to other employees to get to know them, establishing your presence is the key.
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Christopher’s Answer

Jessica,

I do agree with Justin in regards to success. Everyone has a different idea of what success looks like. For me success would look like the following: Building your internal and external brand by connecting with people and building great relationships, keeping the client at the center of all you do and always looking to be the best version of you day in and day out. I believe that if you focus on that you will enjoy success in ways you never thought possible. I hope this helps and best of luck as you embark on your journey.

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Asha’s Answer

You should come up with what success means to you first: here are some metrics you could use!
1. How much money I earn
2. How many lives I help save
3. How many lives I help change
4. What leadership roles do I have
5. How many people do I manage
6. How many competitions have I won
7. How many people have I inspired
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Justin’s Answer

I think it's important for you to define what success looks like for you. Some say being the best the can be, others thrive on competition against other coworkers.

In banking, some divisions have goals that help measure your success. Other divisions will pay for success.

Find what success means to you, and go out and achieve it!
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