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Liz Cosline
Life Ownership Coach/Team Enhancer
Wyncote, Pennsylvania

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Talking About Success

Talking about different aspects of success. How is success determined?
Written Sep 29, 2010, read 2568 times since then.


Success is talked about throughout society and people seem to be working towards being successful with almost every job that is done. It is interesting that people even decide at an early age at times which profession will be looked at as a successful one. A prestigious job so to speak is one that seems to say successful by just the title. Certain titles are accepted as indicating that a person has made it to the top. This is great and means a person has worked hard to get that title in most cases. But this doesn't always make a person successful. There are examples where poor jobs were done by people with impressive titles. There are also examples where people are doing well financially and yet others have little respect for these people.  We have also seen people without titles doing an incredible and note worthy job. Success also is often guaged in regards to careers or the workplace.

However the workplace is not the only gauge of success. Sometimes people spend so much time at work that the home structure suffers. It seems they have no time for family or simply having fun.  Is this success? Or at times people are late for work a lot or do not complete the job in a correct manner. That can't be success. Success is at times gauged by awards but this is a fleeting reward though terrific for a good job, it never means a person can stop there. Plus a person can be a success without ever receiving an award.

Success is something that must be decided individually. The workplace can assist in this in explaining what is wanted and needed at the job but it will really be the person doing the job that see reward in this work. Each day this is done is a success for the day. Success needs to have the home life included in its definition seeing that life is also dealt with there. There needs to be a balance of fun and relaxation in regards to life and to evaluate success. When one aspect is sacrificed for another aspect of life though someone may seem successful, sometimes the price is too high.  A balance in life is thrown off and aspects of life will be missed.  I don't know of anyone that got to the end of life and said he or she wished they had worked more.

When looking at success a person needs to take into consideration the happiness that will come from the life lived. If there is not a balance in regards to life something will fail along the way. There will be regrets of experiences missed or lost. Instead there should be definition realized of all the aspects of life that a person wishes to have included that explains the success wanted. One area of life should not get all the attention while sacrificing other areas. Friends and family also need attention. It doesn't have to be one way or the other.

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  • Realtor 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
Deborah Gibes
    Posted by Deborah Gibes, Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Oct 02, 2010

    Success is funny. Everyone has a sence of what it means. I like that you added friends and family.

  • Life Ownership Coach/Team Enhancer 
Wyncote, Pennsylvania 
Liz Cosline
    Posted by Liz Cosline, Wyncote, Pennsylvania | Oct 02, 2010

    Thanks Deborah, That's true that it is defined differently by people. Thanks for you comment.