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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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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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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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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NYU, University researcher, New York

To me, being successful means...
Not settling for what is “automatic/expected/the norm” but actively participating in shaping your outcome and the outcome of your work.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I just assumed that I would continue on the track I was on and gain success that way, and even though I have I am not satisfied with the environment or how I arrived at the decision, so I am changing it.

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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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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...

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Cal Poly, New York, Designer/Fabricator

To me, being successful means...
Being happy with what you do with your life

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Like every student in Palo Alto, being successful meant being at the top of your class, and eventually going on to be at the top of your field. However, being the best is, of course, remarkably subjective, and not objective at all. Most things aren’t measureable in numbers and statistics.

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UCLA, Mechanical Engineer, Colorado

To me, being successful means...
looking at your past with acceptance and without regrets; looking at the present with contentment and thankfulness; looking at your future with hope, drive to grow, and excitement for what's to come.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Status quo matters less to me now - I am more in tune with what I want from my life, not what I think my peers would see and appreciate.

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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.

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College sophomore at Northwestern seeking happiness after Palo Alto

To me, being successful means...
being happy. In high school, I was over-competitive, overstressed, overbooked. And, I felt god awful all of the time because I just felt like I had to be the best. Now that I'm in college, I just want to do things that I'm passionate about and that make me happy. But yet, in doing that, I feel like I'm accomplishing far more than I had in high school, even though in high school I was trying much harder.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Obviously, my self-worth is no longer defined by my GPA or my college acceptances. It's refreshing. 

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UC Davis, Attorney, California and China

To me, being successful means...
Being happy with myself and achieving the goals that I have set out for me.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
The realization that personal success and happiness comes through reflection and being exposed to different things in life in order to identify what is truly important.

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Failed Engineer, but Hopeful Self-Starter

To me, being successful means...
Accomplishing the goals I set out for myself. These change over time, but they more or less always point to building a career in an industry I am interested in and enjoy (so that working won't feel like "work"), having emotionally satisfying and rewarding relationships, and consistently working to improve my life as well as the lives of those around me.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to believe success was numbers-based (grades, scores, salaries, etc). Numbers don't tell a story, though.

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Los Angeles Architect Designer

To me, being successful means...
Doing what I love, working hard at it every day, and realizing that I've grown by making mistakes.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I don't associate success with (quick) fame or money, and have found that by just doing what I've described aa my idea of success, have found that the recognition and rewards are coming and feel that they are deserved.

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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. 

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Hoping my journey to be a part of change has mattered

To me, being successful means...
Getting to a place in your life when you offer advice and opinions without looking around the room for confirmation that you gave the right answer.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Not about money or position but about a confidence that you know you are now the grown up in the room.

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Stanford, now Law School, California

To me, being successful means...
Engaging in work that is meaningful to you; work that you feel makes a positive impact on others. 

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I used to think my work or position as a "successful person" could only be so if there was a tangibly measurable output.

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