Bay Area evacuee

To me, being successful means...
Finding the intersection between your talent and your interests. Learning to practice self-care and self-compassion. Learning to be yourself unapologetically.

My definition of success has changed over time. 

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Followed my Dream

To me, being successful means...
Showing up to something you love and making the world a bit of a better place.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think it was more about money and material things, but now I think your success in life has a lot more to do with following your inner voice.

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Small school in NY, Military, Georgia, Hawaii, New York

To me, being successful means...
fulfilling my purpose in life

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Success used to be much more achievement based. I would be "successful" when I checked certain boxes, but realized that's so empty.

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Private College ->community college->state university-grad school-> completely different field

To me, being successful means...
Actually doing what you want to do, and doing it well

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to care more about society's version of success. Which usually involves earning lots of money or doing something prestigious

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UCLA, Innovation Specialist, Writer and Entertainment Consultant, CA

To me, being successful means...
Freedom to realize potential, realize potential, follow the desires of your hear.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Earlier in life it was attached to monetary / professional wins.

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University of Wisconsin, Police Officer, Wisconsin

To me, being successful means...
To be happy - there will obviously be up and down days, but if you can wake up, feeling happy with where you are in life/your career/your relationship, I think that is success.

My definition of success has changed over time. 

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University of Phoenix, Special Education, Health Education, California

To me, being successful means...
Being happy and feeling that your work and life make a difference. It’s also being able to support yourself and your family and having enough money in the bank to take care of emergencies. Sometimes you have to sacrifice to maintain success (i.e., keeping a job with benefits if you’re the one that provides the health insurance). Some people may believe that you should sacrifice the health benefits and follow your passion, but I believe success is being able to support those I love. And I’m female, so I’m not coming from a male breadwinner viewpoint.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think you had to have a high level job to be considered successful. I think you can be successful at any level - but you should live the life you can afford.

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Green Energy Engineer

To me, being successful means...
being happy, and not living under a bridge. Optional: leaving the world a better place than I found it in some small way.

My definition of success has changed over time. 

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International Equipment Salesman

To me, being successful means...
Setting values and living to them is to me being successful. Do what you say and say what you mean.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 
I have been very constant in my beliefs on how to live my life

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San Diego State University, Marketing coordinator, California

To me, being successful means...
It means being happy and living your life the way you best see fit.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think it meant having money and now I understand that money has nothing to do with it. If you aren’t happy then what’s the point of the money?

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Foothill and San Jose State, Executive Assistant, Oregon

To me, being successful means...
Being a content, self supporting participating member of society.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
It’s not about money or material possessions. But it is about relationships and experiences. Having said that I do agree with the study that establishes “happiness” requires a certain minimal income level ($75k for a family of four); beyond which the “happiness” arc flattens out.

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