While recording an episode of the Business is ART podcast (airing Tuesday, July 17 at 7pm), my guest, Donerik Black, and I discussed the importance of knowing what success means to you before launching a business, a career, or taking whatever that next leap of faith may be.
Donerik is a Business Consultant and Managing Partner at Jasper Browne LLC. He is also an entrepreneur himself and is the former director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that was formerly located at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
In other words, he has worked with his share of entrepreneurs and has seen a thing or two.
A heartbreaking reality
I shared with Donerik the experience of meeting with some students from Urbana University that had been asked what success meant to them. One of the students explained how much being asked that question meant to him because no one had ever asked before.
The reality is, many people, perhaps most people, are never asked that question, so it is no big surprise that when they ARE asked, they often have no answer that readily comes to mind.
Many of us are just going through the motions – perhaps dreaming about things, but not really having a clear idea of what success means. So it’s also no big surprise that so many people feel less than satisfied with life or their current situation.
Success is personal. Define it on your own terms – no one else’s. Try to think beyond money, toys, and career, although there is nothing wrong with including them in your definition of success.
There is no better time to start than when you are a student just beginning to explore and learn. But there is also no time that is too late to begin.
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Start planning today, but begin by defining what success means to you