What Does Success Mean For YOU?

March 21, 2017

Career Advice

A stellar promotion. A hefty paycheck. Sitting first class on the company dime. This sounds like career success, right? It’s the prescription we often follow, but it’s not for everyone. Each person’s definition of career success should be different. The key to finding happiness in your career path is clearly defining what success means to you. Here a few traps that we easily fall into when measuring our success against others.

The Title
If you find yourself yearning for a promotion to a managerial role, ask yourself: do you truly want to manage a team? Are you passionate about becoming a great leader, inspiring others, delegating work, and making key decisions? If that’s not what motivates you on a daily basis, define what does: challenging work? Purposeful projects? Quality relationships with your coworkers? Pursue that instead.

The Salary
Just because someone makes more money than you, does it make them more successful? Perhaps success can be defined more simply: paying your bills on time, supporting your family, donating to charity, or having some “fun” money. Which is most important to you? It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about what you do with it–and if it meets your needs and goals.

The End Game
For some people, retiring early or quitting your job to travel around the world is the ultimate definition of success–but is it yours? What are you working toward? What do you want your life to be like in five, 10, or 20 years? Work toward your dreams–not someone else’s. That’s the only true barometer of success.

Image via catherinedncr/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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