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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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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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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Bowdoin College, Sustainability and Energy

To me, being successful means...
Being happy, being grateful, and being able to help others / contribute positively to society in a meaningful way.

My definition of success has not changed over time. 
I don't really know. I was lucky that I was never wired super tightly in high school to think of college and grades as my end-all be-all. I do think now I define success less in terms of my personal accomplishments and more about what is important for my community, company, city, and family.

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Medical student and academic researcher

To me, being successful means...
Loving yourself, loving a craft or finding a passion, and loving others.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
My definition has changed from a "paper chase" perspective, where I thought achieving high academic marks was most important, to something related more to what simply makes me happy.

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Living My Dream, Not Yours!

To me, being successful means...
achieving YOUR dream and nobody else's!

My definition of success has changed over time. 
I've matured. When your young, there's peer pressure to be as good or better than the next student. At [high school name omitted], I wanted to take advanced classes because it was the thing to do, not because I really wanted to do it on my own. Now I do things because I want to...not because it's the cool thing to do!

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Two steps forward, one step back: the imperfect college experience

To me, being successful means...
Being emotionally and physically stable while pursuing something you are passionate about.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
In high school I compared myself to my "successful" older siblings who took more AP courses than me while also having friends than me. I didn't know how to define myself outside of the standards others had set for me and was very lost. I tried really hard in everything I did but never felt it was enough. I had a terrible eating disorder which almost took my life and my anxiety was through the roof.

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Life does not always follow a certain order of events

To me, being successful means...
Being successful means contributing to society, knowing and honoring myself, figuring out how to love/care others (i.e. my family) best, and using my intellect. 

My definition of success has changed over time. 
It has more to do with the satisfaction I draw and my own priorities being sorted out.

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Failing to plan is planning to fail

To me, being successful means...
Having been a good husband, father, brother,son and a respectable of others

My definition of success has not changed over time. 
At first it was how much money I could make to be successful then I learned how to be #1 answer!

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