I don’t think anybody grows up hoping to be mediocre. We all want to be successful. We want to feel proud about our accomplishments, our life.
When we start a new endeavor, we typically imagine what success would look like. I remember enrolling as a freshman at Emory University and defining success in purely academic terms. I wanted to graduate near the top of my class and be admitted to a top five law school.
My definition of success served me well, and it served me poorly. On the plus side, it motivated me to go to class and study. I graduated near the top of my class and was admitted to two of the top five law schools.
On the negative side, my definition of success blinded me to other opportunities. Although I had a small group of great friends, I missed the chance to connect with more people and I never got involved in any student organizations. Maybe most importantly, I passed on numerous opportunities to experience the joy of being a college student by just having fun.
We all want to be successful. How we define success impacts how we choose to live our lives. So, my question to you is simple. How is your definition of success working for you?