Stories From The Arch

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What is Success?

Success; something which we all strive to achieve, yet what exactly is it we are looking for?

Working for a Success Centre, I often get this question and I wish there was a clear, definitive answer. By definition, success is accomplishing an aim or purpose. But when I think about success, the definition seems to run much deeper. For me, success isn’t about just achieving a goal; it’s about the process that gets us there.

I think there are two parts to success; the ways in which you define it, and the ways you experience it. The first part of achieving success is defining your goal. We all have different passions, different ideas, and different goals and no one person can define what success looks like for everyone else. Realizing this can help relieve a lot of tension within your live. I suggest you take some time to write down what you want out of your life. What are your aspirations? What achievements are you working towards? What are your plans for the future?

The second part of success is experience. Some things that I’ve learned in trying to achieve my own success is that you need to make it worth striving for. Success is a long journey, and you should commit yourself to the challenge. There will be no stronger motivation than your own will to get you there. When you realize how badly you want to succeed, you will want to put in the extra work to get there. In trying to explain this, I came across this blog post and thought it had some really awesome quotes to sum up the relationship between success and experience.

Part of experiencing success is trusting yourself. To be happy in your success, you need to learn to put yourself first. You need to be able to be your best and follow your own path no matter what any one else will tell you. The TED talk I have posted below gives an interesting perspective on this, so I hope that you give it a listen tonight while you are completing your homework, or before going to bed.

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Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.

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