What is success?
Saturday, January 13, 2018
I was working on my Happiness Planner this morning todays tough question What is your definition of Success?
I've struggled with this all week before I managed to see it differently.
Success has a big story behind it for me, see back in 2005 I started a vo-tec school to become an electrician I graduated in '07 with an Associates Degree Of Applied Science in Industrial Electronics. I finished School with a 3.78, .02 away from Honors. I was a single mom who worked full time, night shift at Burger King. I was dang proud of myself.
I got a job with the company I had interned with over the summer. I got laid off the first winter with a group of guys, My car was broke down or wrecked (actually I think it was both) at the time so it was a week before I could start applying anywhere. Mean while I went back to Burger King, Where I stayed until I moved back home in '09 or '10.
I never worked in my field again, I spent many nights crying of what a failure I was. I felt stupid and worthless, and was so tired of working Fast food (how embarrassing right? I mean at my age *gasp* loser) After months of being without job (after the move home) applying at all the electrical shops in town, and learning my degree meant nothing to the state of Utah's licensing office i.e. I'd have to start completely over I settled into my new factory job. I worked up to QA and felt it was a title I could carry with respect.
I put my diploma away never to be seen again. Why would I want that failure staring at me?
After years of life (more great stories there I assure you) I am now a forklift driver (reach truck really, if you know what that is) at a different factory. It has great benefits, a set schedule, I learn a lot, stay active, and really enjoy my co-workers most of the time. I feel satisfied in my days work, my pay check, 401k, etc. I have a loving family, 2 amazing kids, a nice roof overhead, the bills are paid, bellies full. I am happy 90% of the time. Is this not success? To be happy in life? To be satisfied at the end of the day?
As for my diploma I saw it when we moved a while back, I took it out I looked at the words printed on it, I know longer hated it, or myself for what I couldn't do. I was once again proud of what I accomplished, what I did. Sure it did not amount to what I had hoped it would, but I was no longer bitter.
Isn't that success?