When you’re manacled to the man 9-5, how do you measure the merits of success?
Is it the number on your paycheck? The size of your team? The job title on your contract? You may be tempted to impress with a grandiose definition of success, but when life gets down to the nitty gritty of what makes yours a happy one, your job title isn’t vital. Here’s why it doesn’t matter, and 6 things that do when it comes to the fundamentals of work, life and happiness.
You’ve made an impact
We all have a voice, but when yours is heard loud and clear—whether it’s in your industry as a whole, your office, or simply your team—recognition and making a difference can make a big difference in your working life. If you feel like you’ve made no impact, you may never feel like you’ve achieved much success.
If you feel like you’re doing nothing but pencil pushing all day– every day, and fantasize about the final 5 o’clock hour as soon as you first sit down, chances are… you’re bored. Out of your mind. And if you’re not feeling challenged, you could be losing your motivation and inspiration for in-office and after work hours. Broker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” He was a wise man.
The act of creating–in general–is a beautiful thing. If you’ve created something new, regardless of whether it’s a product, an idea or a new and better way for getting things done, this is a success. And it should feel that way. We all want to feel as though we have an effect in our workplace and this is a definite example of a successful situation.
You’ve formed great relationships
If you’ve cultivated great relationships with clients, customers or co-workers you’d be quite correct in thinking you’re doing something right. When you have a portfolio that also spans a list of happy people, you’ve proven that you’ve provided a great service.
You’re efforts are noticed
This may seem pretty obvious, but you should feel perfectly safe to properly preen when internal fellow co-workers or hire ups as well as external professionals and businesses are speaking highly of you in their respective networks.
You leave the office with a smile
When you wake up every day and can honestly say that you love what you do, you’re a lot ‘richer’ than that of someone with a big paycheck and fancy title. And if you can smile at the end of the workday, you’re one of the lucky ones.
You could have a great paying job with an impressive title – but if you don’t enjoy your day-to-day life due to the stress – it could be argued that you’re not successful at all. What you do to earn a living should not only fill your bank account, it should also fulfill your life in other ways that can’t be defined by monetary compensation or monogrammed business cards.