Redefining What Career Success Means

By Guest Blogger Deborah Shane

Since the autumn of 2008, most people have been in a serious career transition mode.  The meanings of work, business, and success have all been recalibrated and redefined,  based on external conditions, personal changes, and what people really want to do — not what they have to do.

This reality has affected large corporations, small businesses, and professionals across the board. Career happiness and success mean different things now than they did before. Security and certainty are now rooted in being really good at dealing with and navigating change. It’s our new norm for sure. But remember: There is opportunity in change and change in opportunity.

How ‘plucky’ are you?
Are you plucky? This cool word has surfaced several times recently in regards to being determined, caring, gutsy, and resolute — essential qualities today. Or are you relying too much on your past accomplishments and luck? Today’s career success is fueled by passion, purpose, and perseverance.

What do you really want to do?
In spite of change in the jobs and career world, you can still do what you really want to do, as long as you know what that is, what resources you will need, your circumstances, and how realistic it is! Spend time researching, exploring, and answering this question.

Make a blueprint and take a stand with your career design.
Make your blueprint, plan, or outline for who and what you want to be and what you want to do.  The blueprint is a must. It gives you the structure and direction to follow. Without a blueprint for an architect there can be no structure built.

How do you define career success today?
Success is not about quick money, prestige and power. We know that is short lived and short term approach. Success is a gradual evolution of attainment, achievement and accomplishment that comes as a natural outcome of focus, commitment and hard work. The answer to the question “How do you define success?” changes, as you do, over time, and is fluid.

Everything you need is already inside of you.
Most of what we need is already inside of us. We take our personality, qualities, and intangibles and make them work the best for us. For those of us who are older and have more experience, we take that experience and use it to help and mentor others, as well as  leverage our wisdom. For people who are younger, take your youth and go out and gain experience. Whatever you don’t have but need, go skill up and add it! The career world needs all of us in it working together.

Here are some resources and sites that can help you answer these questions if you haven’t already.

This article from Psychology Today, “After the Sacrifice: Did You Do It For the Right Reasons?” talks about why sacrificing for the wrong reasons may be worse than no sacrifice at all.

There’s an expression: “Change is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Life’s way too short not to be happy doing what you really want to do, so redefine what success means to you today.

Be happier and find success in who you are now and what you have now, not who you were before or what you had before. There is so much abundance now. Find it for yourself because it is there for the taking,  enjoyment and fulfillment!

Careers used to move themselves. We are now responsible for moving our careers in the direction we want them to go.

Get moving. Action will automatically define and redefine you.

Guest blogger Deborah Shane is the author of the book “Career Transition: Make the Shift,” as well as a branding strategist, nationally published writer, speaker, and media host.

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