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How Do You Define Success?

By: Linda Seger, PhD
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Success” seems to be the magic word for what people chase after, prepare for, choose and desire. It’s how people often define their lives. Money, fame and power are commonly thought to make up success.

World definitions of success

Americans tend to define success by money, and by what money can buy. This doesn’t mean more fulfillment or contributing to make the world better in some way. It simply means more things.

People in other countries may define success more in terms of whether they enjoy their work, and if it gives them an opportunity to spend time with their families and have balanced lives.

Success and effectiveness

For some, success is defined by effectiveness. Are they making things happen? Are they achieving project goals? Are they contributing in a way that adds value to the spa? Success for them means the spa becomes better as a result of their participation. They can see the results and feel fulfilled by their work, but also know their work fulfills others, because the products and services offered at their skin care facility are helping clients.

Success and joy

Some define success by whether their job suits them and by how much joy they feel as a result of their work. They define it by the joy they feel when they do their work, and by the joy that others feel as a result of their work.