Personal Development

Realising that success isn’t just defined by your career

I wrote a post recently called ‘Building a life I love‘ and was really suprised at how many lovely comments I recieved from everyone. This post is really a follow on from that about what I’ve learnt recently.

I always used to think that success was defined by what career you had. Growing up I worked hard at school and went to college and then worked hard to go to university. I had all of these ideas about how I wanted to have a high flying career with a good salary and good perks. I’ve grown up in a ‘successful environment’. My dad’s a company director and my brother is a teacher in a private school and I’ve always looked up to them and seen them as ‘successful people’.

Over the last few months I’ve done a lot of thinking and reflecting which I’m sure you’ve all seen on my blog. I’ve been really trying to focus on myself and what makes me happy. I wrote a post recently about feeling happy and inspired and I just feel like I’m mentally in such a good place right now.

The biggest turning point for me was when I realised that being successful isn’t just about what career you have. I now look at myself and see myself as successful; I may not have that high flying career but I have a job that pays the bills and I’m happy.

Here are some of the reasons why I think I’m successful:

  • I have a full time job with flexible hours to fit my lifestyle
  • I can pay my bills each month and still save some money for nice things
  • I own a house with my partner which we renovated
  • I’m a cat mum to the cutest fur baby and he’s so happy in his forever home
  • I have an amazing family that support me
  • I have my blog which is something I created
  • I make handmade cards and sell them to family and friends
  • I can drive and I own a car which gives me independance

I’m sure you get the jist of what I’m trying to say. A high flying career isn’t for everyone and it’s ok to not want one. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it is to leave the office at 5 o’clock and not have to go home stressing over work. Instead, I leave my work at work and go home and enjoy my spare time doing what I want to do. If you don’t have a high flying career you’re still a successful person. And if you do have a high flying career and it’s what you want then that’s also amazing.

Hope you enjoyed.

Charlotte xx

 

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  • Emilia

    Loved this post – it’s so important to define success by yourself rather than comparing yourself to everyone else which is something I’m definitely guilty of all the time. You sound like you’re doing amazing, babe, carry on smashing it 🥰

    July 28, 2019 at 11:38 AM Reply
  • justthegameoflife

    I like this post! Im happy you were able to put that into perspective for yourself and now view yourself as successful. Im sort of in the same boat as you. My only difference is I need to find a job that doesnt have a toxic work environment. But I loved your post!

    July 28, 2019 at 11:57 AM Reply
  • Soph

    I love this post- I totally agree with you- success can be defined in a lot of ways and to be honest I count success as happiness. I adopted a fur baby to its forever home too and it’s just the best feeling!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    July 29, 2019 at 5:22 PM Reply
  • Sophie Wentworth

    I love this post and the message here. I grew up in a similar environment and always viewed success in the same way but I’ve really started to feel differently about it in the last couple of years. We all definite it differently and that’s totally fine. As long as you’re happy with your own definition, that’s all that matters. Great post x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    July 29, 2019 at 9:40 PM Reply
  • Amy Aed

    I really needed this post! I’m currently having a lovely little existential crisis about this exact subject so this really came at the right time haha.

    Have a great weekend 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

    August 1, 2019 at 2:27 PM Reply
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