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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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 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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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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Pitzer College, Psychologist, California

To me, being successful means...
Being happy!

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to focus on career as an indicator for success, but I now realize mental health well being is just as (if not more) important than career goals

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A winding path from STEM to the arts

To me, being successful means...
spending my time bringing joy, health, reflection, and peace to myself and those around me.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think being successful meant becoming the top of whatever field I chose, and it wasn’t enough unless I became famous and rich. And I only ever thought about it in a career-context, not about love, family, community or anything else.

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Straight outta Stanford

My time in high school

Attended high school in the
1990s

Overall high school experience
6/10

Grades in high school
A's and B's

 

Favorite subjects
English, History / Social Studies, Science

Struggled with...
Visual arts (issues with dexterity) computer science (hard to think in a linear way)

Favorite extracurricular
Community Service / Social Activism


Life since high school

Attended college / university at
Stanford

Majored in
Biopsychology

Post-graduate education or training
Masters of arts in general psychology

Places lived in US
California

Current occupations / past occupations
Research, caregiving, volunteer tutor

Industries I've worked in
Nonprofit

Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
Yes

Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
In 9 years and 11 mos it will. Upon retirement I will embark unto a second career.


A little introspection...

Marriage. I learned compassion, understanding from multiple perspectives and forgiveness. I learned that love is a give and take.

To me, being successful means...
contentment with life, past, present, and future.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
It shifted from a superficial worldview to one that was deeper and richer.

My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
Marriage. I learned compassion, understanding from multiple perspectives and forgiveness. I learned that love is a give and take.

My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
I regret not relying on my own intuition more when making decisions.

An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
Trumps presidency. It seems that after that everything went downhill in politics.


My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto

Lake lagunita

 

Mother, pursuing dreams little by little

To me, being successful means...
Being able to provide for myself and my family, being content in the small moments with family and friends, continually learning and growing and being able to share my talents with others.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Yes, not having completed graduate school I used to feel less than in some way when compared to my career oriented peers, but as I realized that I could keep learning and developing talents and pursuing interests on my own I have felt liberated to pursue my own life path that is meaningful to me.

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Today is the day that God has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

To me, being successful means...
Living and loving on my own terms, within my means in the company of beloved family and friends.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
My worth as a human being is no longer defined by my work, my employer, my income, my college "pedigree," or even having grown up in Palo Alto.

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how to be happy, despite all expectations

To me, being successful means...
being a happy and productive citizen of the world.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think success was dictated by the brand names that made it onto your resume. Letting go of those expectations for myself was the most productive decision I have ever made.

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Scripps, Therapist, California

To me, being successful means...
being happy and confident in myself. having positive relationships with people who love me as much as I love them.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 

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