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. 

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Immigrant neuroscientist goes from bakery to farm to grad school

To me, being successful means...
creating an intentional community of people who support each other, growing into relationships in every way. It is truly not about your own success.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I slowly learned that it's not about the popularity, the brand, the namesake...

Read More

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.

Read More

Road less travelled is rocky but eventually evens out

To me, being successful means...
Being successful means not being afraid to try, fail and try again.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to associate success quantitatively. Especially growing up in a community that values high achievers, never receiving 100% or A+, I grew up constantly feeling like a failure.

Read More

Stay strong,,,

To me, being successful means...
Obviously being able to sustain yourself financially is one component to happiness, however the bigger part of the equation is the genuine relationships you surround yourself with. Authentic connections with family and friends become a higher level of priority as one matures!!

My definition of success has not changed over time. 

Read More

Just because you live in Palo Alto, doesn't mean you have to be the next Steve Jobs.

To me, being successful means...
Being in an industry that you as passionate about and excited to be involved in. 

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Growing up in Palo Alto, I associated success with money. Now I associate it with happiness. If you are getting up for a job you hate everyday, where you are uninspired, what is the point? What I do literally gives me butterflies in my stomach. I may not be making money yet, but that's not my first priority. I live for it.

Read More

Not afraid to take risks, Writer Builds Career on Mission and Love

To me, being successful means...
Living an authentic life where I can be myself, am appreciated for what I can contribute and where I can love and be loved.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I was concerned about how my career would afford me a certain lifestyle, based on how I was raised in affluent Palo Alto. Now I focus on how I can contribute to a mission I care deeply about and work-life balance.

Read More

From Blah to Badass: One Woman's Journey to Grab Life By the Balls

To me, being successful means...
Pursuing a life that makes me happy. Having balance with my work life, social life, and relationship with myself. Being able to afford my independence.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think success was based on more tangible identifiers. Such as my degree, my car, my job status, whether I was still asking my mom for money. Now I look at it in a broader more wholistic lens.

Read More

Grateful [high school] Alum

To me, being successful means...
Finding meaning and fulfillment in your relationships, your work, and your contributions to the common good.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I care less about professional "success" and now measure personal success by how much time I have to read, hangout with family and friends, travel, and volunteer.

Read More

Left for six months and never came back

To me, being successful means...
Being able to take pride in what you've made of your life.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Although the core of my own idea of success hasn't changed, it has been a difficult and continuing struggle to keep my sense of accomplishment separate from parental expectations. You'd think at 40 it would be easier to look your parents in the eye and not be sorry for having chosen a path that doesn't involve marrying a person wealthy by inheritance or profession in order to secure a pampered and indolent life for oneself and one's offspring, but...in my experience, parents don't change. I had to build yourself the protective space I needed to keep myself from wishing I had never been born. 

Read More

Purposeful, Playful, Passionate

To me, being successful means...
never giving up on oneself and learning lessons from failures as much or more than accomplishments

My definition of success has changed over time. 
As a young person/adult, I thought success was measured by achievements and milestones (eg. getting a degree, securing a job, owning property, getting married, and having children). Life taught me it's not about the what that made my life fulfilling, but the who and why. The relationships and personal connections (fleeting as well as enduring) that I made helped shaped the way I viewed as well as moved in the world. Learning to savor and value the experience of my journey than impatiently focused on reaching my destination.

Read More

No Matter What, Don't Give Up

To me, being successful means...
Being able to look in the mirror and be happy with the person looking back. It helps to have a secure home and loving family, too. But those are rarely present or quickly flee without the mirror test, so that comes first. Can you be happy looking in the mirror?

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I learned that despite popular wisdom success is a group sport. I can't stand people who claim or imply that they "did it all on my own." The more I have scratched the surface of those stories over the years the more I find they are either delusions or outright lies. I recall one person I met years ago telling me how he had created a huge real estate empire entirely on his own, how "no one gave me a thing!" -- starting out with nothing, he insisted. I later learned he had inherited five SF properties from his dad. But he could not admit that. He just had to lie and claim to be a self-made man. What I have learned is that there is no such thing. There are just people who don't or won't recognize the people or situations that helped them.

Read More

Chess Instructor & Master-level Player; Statistical Analyst

To me, being successful means...
Being able to relax and enjoy life. Specifically, not having a high stress career, and having friends that are similarly laid back.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think of success in terms of being able to make a lot money and probably having some kind of high tech job. But it's a big world out there with a lot of time to find what you are passionate about.

Read More

Barron Park kid.

To me, being successful means...
Giving back to the community. Sharing wisdom to be a positive influence.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I started adulthood financially driven. I had monetary success early on. As I grow older, money and things don't matter as much as experiencing life. 

Read More