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What if I told you that you could be successful no matter what you are doing?  Everyone has a different vision of success and it doesn’t have to mean earning millions of dollars, getting a Ph.D., or becoming a CEO.

We all get to define what our vision is based on our strengths, skills, and passion.  Once we define it all we need do is give it our all and go for it.

What does success look like to you?

In this episode, we’ll discuss these things and more!

What do you think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode.  Are you trying to figure out what your vision of success is?

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Read the Episode Transcript Here:

Hey there!  So today we are talking about the many paths to success and how we can control our path to whatever we think is success.  Not somebody else is telling you what is success, what you think is success, right? So back in the day our parents and grandparents they graduated high school, went to college, got a job, worked their 20, 30, 40 years, got their pension, went and played golf, right?  So that’s the path of our parents. That’s not the path of today. So many folks that I’ve talked to are switching jobs every couple of years, trying to get that bigger raise, get that better title, really try to find themselves in what it is that they’re doing.

And I truly feel that a lot of those folks are not only seeking the higher paycheck or the title, I think part of the reason they’re hopping so much is because they’re just not sure what will make them happy, right?  So at this point what are we 16, 17, 18 years old when we’re having to decide what our major is going to be in college? Then you graduate college, maybe you stick around and get a master’s degree, and delay the job search a little longer.  But inevitably when you have to decide what you want to be for the rest of your life…or so they tell us, right? But now that’s not really the way it has to be, there are so many opportunities to change things up part of the way.

For me I did things a little backward, I worked for about 10 years before I even went college.  You know, nights and weekend classes, whenever I could, to get my bachelor’s and master’s degree and for me, it worked.  Was it the easiest path…no, but for me, it worked. I managed to move my way up and for the most part, I liked my day job.  I got to travel around the world for work, meet amazing people, go to places I never thought I would have ever gotten to. But at the end of the day, I was spending tons of time on an airplane, and a hotel room, and away from my family.  On my regular day-to-day, my commute was insane…2 to 3 hours round trip and again, away from my family, not doing anything productive. I mean, I tried to listen to some podcasts, read the newspaper, take a nap…there’s lots of things you can do to make the best of the situation, but ultimately, to me that was not what my success looked like.  And I had to really re-evaluate what I wanted my success to look like.

That’s why I got into coaching, you know, early in my career there just wasn’t anybody for me to ask those questions, about what does success look like.  I found mentors along the way at different jobs, different people that I could talk to, and they were all fabulous. And I really appreciated and welcomed their input and their guidance and their advice.  And we’ll talk about this in another episode about the difference between mentors and coaches but basically, everyone has their own opinion right, and mentors are there to kind of give you their opinion about what you should be doing.  I took some really good advice and I took some advice that maybe wasn’t the best for me, it sounded like good advice, but ultimately it wasn’t what would make me happy.

I really had to do some reflection on what would make me happy and you really can control your course right and it’s okay to change course part of the way through.  If you’re hopping around positions so that you can get that brass ring at the end and you just want to have the best title and have the best salary if that’s what success means and will make you happy at the end of the day…go for it.  But if you’re craving something more substantial, something more in line with your purpose, your professional purpose and you really want to have a career that fulfills you on a deeper level, then don’t settle for whatever decision you made when you were 18 and you were going to school, or 20 or 22 or 32 and got that job and now you’ve been doing it for so long and you’re just not happy.  It’s not healthy folks, right, I mean if you’re dragging your butt out of bed every Monday schlepping into the office to a job you hate and just don’t know what to do about it.

It’s time for a change, it’s time for a change in your path and you have the power to do that.  No one says that you got to stick to it, yeah you got to pay your bills, right, got to pay the mortgage, got to pay the car note, got to pay the kids after school care or put away for their college, make sure they have little league uniforms and all that stuff.  I get that, I’m not saying that you scrub out on that kind of thing, but taking inventory, take a look at what it is you’re doing. I guarantee you have a bunch of transferable skills, things that you do really well and you can take those skills and apply them to something else, right?  Maybe you’re a good public speaker, maybe you’re really good with numbers, maybe you can make friends with anybody, there are so many different jobs out there that we can reapply our skills. And just because you are an accountant doesn’t mean you have to be an accountant, you’re probably great with numbers there are so many other jobs out there that are great with numbers.  I talk to some folks and they say, I paid all this money for this degree and it’s specialized and I got to do this…NO you don’t. Who makes those rules? At the end of the day, you have to do what’s good for you, no one else, you got to live up to your responsibilities…that’s your only job.

Right, so my last piece of advice with respect to looking at career changes or changing your path to your own personal success is to hold your head high.  Your decisions are your decisions and no one’s path is perfect. I would call BS on it every day and twice on Saturday if you told me about a person who had the perfect career path and perfect career.  There’s no such thing. There’s no such thing as perfection in this world, it doesn’t exist. Okay, so there is no perfect path to your success, but it is your path and it is very personal and it is something that you alone can control and I would encourage you to really take that to heart and determine what it is that will make you happy.

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