Measuring Your Progress: What Should Your Success Really Look Like?

How do people measure intangible things? This is an interesting question. The way I see it, you can go about this one of three ways. Compare your career path and trajectory to your peers. Look at your general outline of how you are getting yourself from points A, B, C to E, F. G.

Do some research. Number one is my least favorite idea. Comparing myself to my peers usually makes me feel inferior. I didn’t go to an Ivy League college and I did not choose a finance or more corporate career that comes with incremental promotions titles and raises. So let’s nix that idea.

Number two also sucks. We are the millennials! There aren’t enough hours in a day for us to do all the things we want to do! We know we will have multiple careers throughout our adult life just because we are bored from staying in the same place for too long!

Number three is probably anyone’s best bet. I say this because today so many of us have no five or ten year plans and most of our career paths are so untraditional that we cannot compare apples to apples with others around us.

We have so many resources at our finger tips but how can we use them properly? It is best to seek out those who you hold in high regard. Get free advice from them. See what failures made them succeed and try to interpret these stories into your own life. This can become your map to success.

Besides Q & A with role models, reading up is another great way to research. When I say research I do not mean social media. I mean books and articles. Read about some of those role models if they are not attainable for a conversation.

You may get some ideas about making a road map or outline for your career path. Or you may learn negative things about the career path you desire to have which in turn can lead to a career shift.

Ask yourself not where you want to be in a few years but whom you want to be like. In doing that you will realize how you can achieve the career and life style you want most.

Try hard to avoid any social media research. You will find that it puts you at a disservice. Looking at Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter usually tells us that our friends and others we follow are doing so well! They are winning at this game of life because they and traveling or they found their life partner blah blah blah.

Who cares about them and their life? You need to focus on you and yours! You want to be the one posting and boasting about how great your life is going.

In summation, measuring success is all subjective. Only you truly know how close you are to getting where you want to be.

You weigh your priorities every day with these goals in mind. No one else can tell you if you are moving fast enough on your career trajectory, therefore you must set your own pace.

Ask yourself the tough questions. Every once in a while check in with yourself. Make sure you are happy, make sure you are passionate, make sure you are working hard enough to get where you want to be.

If any of these answers are negative, only you can change that!

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Hayley Nerenberg

Hayley grew up in the suburbs outside of NYC and went to Syracuse University where she received a BFA in Fashion Design. Currently residing in Manhattan, she designs womenswear couture by day and tries to have a social life by night. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, staying active, listening to NPR and drawing doodles.