- Do you consider yourself to be a success?
IME a lot of people who are what other people call ‘a success’ are driven by very high standards, insecurity, unhappiness or escaping from something… which makes me think striving to be ‘successful’ isn’t entirely a positive thing to do.
On the other hand, things I’ve done which have required a massive effort, or breaking through barriers, or I’ve done well at (rather than just participated), have given me such a buzz and sense of satisfaction, that I think ‘success’ is often well worth striving for – the rewards can be addictive. That’s when you get those moments of ‘life is brilliant’.
And somewhere in the middle you need to find your balance. I’m still on the journey personally…Posted 6 years agoshootermanMember
On a personal level yes, I do consider myself successful. I have a solid marriage and healthy kids.
On a financial level, no. At 40 I can now see I was in an exceptionally good position at 18 to become very wealthy for the rest of my life and I wasted that opportunity.Posted 6 years agosmell_itMember
Everyone measures success very differently. I’m in my mid thirties and single with no kids, so by most peoples measure I’m no success. But for a variety of other reasons I am pretty happy, and really look forward to getting up every morning. So I’m not planning on any change of life plan just yet.Posted 6 years agotrail_ratMember
My dad does …..
Ill always consider him to be more of a success than me though – kicked out at 16 and worked his way up by him self Including having me arrive at 19
Ive had all the opportunities and support he never had and for that i thank him.
As for am i a sucess – lot more to give yet im just getting startedPosted 6 years ago
What is ‘success’ though?
Alexander the Great wept because he had no lands left to conquer.
Surely it’s better to be always striving to improve, to be a better person, to achieve more, to push things even further?
Otherwise, what’s the point? Where’s the motivation to carry on?
I seek that which can never be attained; Perfection.Posted 6 years agoTNMember
I think I could have done a lot more impressive/important/influential things, so perhaps not as successful in those ways as I could have been, but if I had I wouldn’t be where I am now. Apparently I am quite good at my job, even though I am not a director or a manager even, and some people have even said I am a nice person.Posted 6 years ago
Had some pretty shitty times of late but I have an amazing husband, a good family and some fantastic friends so in that respect I have been very successful. I am not rich in £££ but I am rich in other ways and that’ll do for me.
So, do I consider myself to be a success? Suppose it depends what kind of mood I am in. 😉
I’m 44, no kids and to be honest no real prospect of them, which kinda makes me sad. I have the reality of being old and alone to look forward to.
However, i have a loving partner, my own home and health enough to enjoy my silly expensive toys, good friends and my parents still alive and well.
Not too bad in balance i suppose.Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
a great many of my personal successes will have been when others may have considered me to be failing..
I spent more than a decade owning nothing more than a hi-fi, some hand drawn sketches, a few sentimental items and the clothes that I stood up in.. but in that time I laughed long and heartily each and every day.. I was frequently filled with a sense of wonderment.. my mind was always stimulated and inspired and the sense of safety and freedom and comfort that my friends instilled in me has been unparalleled at any time before or since..
it all depends how you look at things I guess.. I could say that I’m not doing great right now.. but similarly I’m not doing too bad either..Posted 6 years ago
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