In the past I have tried following what others say is successful. I have tried to maintain a job that others thought was important, but in reality these jobs just weren't me. And they often didn't fit my personality. I have had positions where I have supervised individuals. I have never been really happy doing that. Recently, I was asked if that is something I would be interested in doing. I started to say yes. We all know that we should take advantage of opportunities. But something inside of me told me to wait a second before I answered.
As I thought I had to ask myself a couple of questions. Am I truly comfortable telling other people what to do? Honestly, I don't like doing that. Do I like pointing out people's mistakes? Um, no, I really prefer showing individuals what they have done right instead of the wrongs. And lastly, do I want to spend more time at my job or do I want more free time? No, at this point in my life I value the free time more than the money that comes with the extra responsibilities at my job.
I told myself that I had to be honest and answer no. I don't want to supervise individuals. That isn't what success means to me at this point in time.
I had to ask myself a few other things. Does success come with extra money? No, not in this situation. I felt as though I just wouldn't be happy doing what I had to do in order to get the money.
How do all of you define your success?