Webster’s dictionary defines a career as “a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling” but each person’s journey to this “permanent calling” can vary dramatically.
For some people working towards their career can look like: going to college to study a specific skill set, with the hope of finding a job in that career, then working up to the top. For others, starting a business is a career goal, and others becoming a master of a trade is theirs. But nonetheless, career goals are hardly ever identical and for that reason are fundamentally flawed and not always an accurate way to measure success.
Rather, the path to success can take years for some and weeks for others, but it’s important not to compare yourself to another success. Your journey is your own and your success does not have to fit into another person’s standards. Some of the world’s most successful people don’t just simply focus on their career path, but rather 3 simple things: doing what you love, learning from failure, and seizing opportunities.
On your success journey staying motivated can be tough, but when you dedicate yourself to doing what you love you’ll hardly ever regret the dedication you’ve made towards your work. Finding work that you’re passionate about can truly make all the difference. I’m sure many of us have or have had a job that you’ve dreaded going into, likely the job was boring or not something you enjoyed, but when your passions align you’ll dedicate yourself and find more joy in your work more than ever before.
Everyone hates to fail, but oftentimes it can be the key to one’s success once you learn to embrace it properly. Many of us see failure as the end of the road or journey, but that can be far from the truth. Failure is just a reminder of how far you’ve come and how much more you can learn and grow from it. Failure allows you to fix your mistakes and grow into your most successful self. In the wise words of Oprah Winfrey, “failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
Often on our success journey opportunities come up that can be presented with challenges, some opportunities don’t even present themselves until they’ve passed. It’s important to recognize these challenges to know when to take them. Even when an opportunity seems to present challenges, oftentimes the good outweighs the bad and you’ll want to jump at the first chance. British magnate, Sir Richard Branson said “you must have the courage to trust your instincts and be ready to question what other people don’t. If you do that, you can seize opportunities that others would miss. Believe in yourself, and use everything you can – including the obstacles – to propel you along the road to success. Who knows what you might achieve?”
In summary, your path to success is not linear and some days it may feel like a roller coaster, but when you do what you love, learn from your failures, and seize every opportunity you’ll find success and achieve more than ever imagined.