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Only You Can Define Career Success

Ramon Greenwood -- Milestones and finish lines clearly define progress and success. Your definition of career success begins with asking yourself these simple words: What do I want?"

It’s safe to say that of all the gizillion words written to provide encouragement and enlightenment on the subject of career advice most all of it boils down to a single topic: how to achieve success.

But all of that amounts to little until each individual settles on his or her personal definition of what constitutes success.

The renowned career coach Jack Canfield declares: “One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires in clear and compelling detail.”

The dictionary defines success as, “The achievement of something desired…the gaining of fame or prosperity.”

Still that blanket definition does not meet the need in setting goals and working to achieve them. The “something desired” varies from person to person, as do “fame and prosperity.”

What’s needed for career success is an identified set of achievements that provide proof that we have achieved goals that prove we have made our best efforts with our time and talents, and that we are satisfied with the results. They include pride and satisfaction in our results which each of us defines differently…material wealth; public recognition; respect from our friends; and love from our families.

The bottom line is if you are to achieve career success you must:

1. Have a clear definition of what personal success means for you.
2. Set goals that will produce success, with an absolute timeline for achievement.
3. Determine and execute a plan of action to achieve the goals. Whatever you do, do not let anyone else define what personal success means for you.

I wish you career success!

To get common sense advice on how to achieve your career goals subscribe to Ramon Greenwood's free semi-monthly newsletter and blog. Go to Common Sense At Work Blog. His take-it-to-the bank advice comes from a world of experience, including serving as Senior Vice President of American Express, an entrepreneur, professional director, career coach, and author.

© 2011 Ramon Greenwood

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