Success. It’s one of those things that we all strive to achieve. My recent decision to change jobs has had me thinking about my career and the idea of success and I recently asked myself that very question.

How Do You Measure Success?

Is success driving the cool car that everyone looks at? Is success wearing the hottest clothes? How about having the high paying job? Just what kind of metrics do you use to measure your success?

The reason it’s important to give this topic some serious consideration is because if you don’t know how to measure success, how do you know when you’ve gotten there? Striving for success without quantifying what that actually means is like walking around in the dark. Are you actually even headed the right direction? How would you know if you haven’t even set a final destination for yourself.

These are all largely philosophical questions, but they are questions that I believe it is important to answer lest I find myself further away from my eventual goal than I am now simply because I didn’t take the time to plot a course.

I could further complicate the matter by bringing the topic of happiness into the mix, but I’ll reserve that for another day.

My final thought on this topic for today is that this hustle and bustle of the normal american workday hasn’t allowed us to slow down and answer the types of introspective questions that I think we should all give serious thought to. This is not to say that it is anyone’s fault but our own, but we let days be dictated by the list of things we have to do instead of taking control of our day.