Explain What Success Means To Me Essay

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What Success Means to Me When I am old, I will consider my life to be a success based on moments of happiness. I say that now, after having redefined what the word ‘success’ means to me. The culture I was raised in taught me that success was based on status, and the typical way to gain that status was to be a lawyer, doctor, or an engineer. I was told that if I chose one of those three career paths, I would have respect, financial security, and that I would even attract a suitable and equally respected husband. All in all, I would be successful because of my status, and happiness would be a byproduct. That notion changed after I began college. I came to UT and declared myself a biology major, so that I could become a doctor one day. I set a goal and went through the motions to achieve it. Unfortunately, I struggled to meet that goal due to my lack of purpose and motivation. I realized that even if I became a doctor, my status would not be enough to make me happy, and if I was not happy, I would not be truly successful. Since then, success has been less about social status and more about the milestones in my life. In order to be successful, I need my milestones to bring…show more content…
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