Part of LinkedIn's #MyMetric Series
In this series, professionals describe what numbers govern their happiness. Write your own #MyMetric post here.
For me, any and all metrics used to measure success are, and will continue to be, personal. The idea of success depends heavily on the eye of the beholder. Of course, there will always be a backstory to every victory. There will always be a plan, and there are always goals. But it is only the goal setter who gets to set barometers for progress and thereby define success.
Take the concept of wealth, for instance. It is highly unlikely that readers of this post would consider themselves to be “rich.” To some, a $50,000 annual salary, even within the confines of a large, industrialized city, is considered a lot of money – perhaps enough to think themselves rich. To most, however, this is not the case. In any event, whether someone is rich or not, whether someone is successful or not, whether they are happy or not, will predominantly depend on the targets and objectives that person sets for themselves, and how they define it.
For me, my personal measures for success are just that – personal. The moment I let other people define my successes, or the moment I adjust my gauges to maintain the pace set by those around me, is the moment I lose control of my own goals, and see my own notion of success crumble.
Your metrics are your own. And they should stay that way.
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