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Everyone wants to be successful, but most of us aren't sure
what success looks like
Last week we talked about how a healthy lifestyle
is an important part of being successful. But how do you
recognise success? We live in a culture obsessed with success.
Bookstore shelves groan under the weight of thousands of self-help
manuals outlining the path to success, motivational speakers such as
Tony Robbins make millions holding seminars that supposedly reveal the
secrets of success and even many religious leaders now promote their
faith by suggesting it will provide divine help in becoming more successful.
What is success?
When asked to picture success, the images that most readily come to
mind for most of us are a big house, fancy car or expensive clothes.
But research shows that once you have enough money to meet your basic
needs, earning more doesn't make you feel any happier or more
fulfilled. Lots of us aren't chiefly motivated by money and define
success in other ways, such as maintaining a strong network of loving
relationships with friends and family, setting and achieving worthy
goals or attaining peace of mind.
Defining what success means to you
All of the above definitions of success are valid. However, if there
is a secret to feeling like a success, it's succeeding on the terms
that are important to you. If you've always dreamed of being a great
chef but are a well-paid lawyer, chances are you won't feel you're
living a successful life no matter how impressed others might be by you.
Remember that success is impossible without failure
Bill Gates once observed, "It's fine to celebrate success but it
is more important to heed the lessons of failure." Always
remember that almost no one gets to be a big success without enduring
the valuable learning experience of failure first. And if you are
lucky enough to enjoy some success, don't ever forget that failure is
probably lurking just around the corner. As Bill Gates also said,
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into
thinking they can't lose."
How TAFE can help
The chances are that you define success at least partly in terms of
being able to earn a reasonable income, do work you find satisfying,
make a contribution to society and help others. The qualifications TAFE NSW offers can help you
realise those types of ambitions.