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    Default "Success" in a career--What does it mean to you?

    Balance in life?
    Financial security, independence, etc?
    Lot's of free time while keeping the bills paid?
    Pursuit of long-lived dreams/goals?
    Positive contributions to society?
    Lots of opportunity for creative expression?
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    Success for me is finding the good fights and getting into them. It is discovering and working toward the causes which I am willing to die for even if I have no hope of achieving any of them in my lifetime.
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    Personally, happiness is probably first and foremost when evaluating a career. I'm not big into the "burning out just to make a lot of money" thing (I don't think P types are generally).

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    a successful career is one that contributes the most towards your greater concept of success in life

    what is a "successful" career in a failed life?

    to answer this question, one needs to know what they strive to achieve, only then can they weigh a career against that.



    i aim to abrade my existence against all others... to explore, adapt, and finally leave my mark. a successful career for me is one that facilitates this both in function and allowances

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    Yay. Awesome fucking thread.

    Success means being at peace with decision and not feeling like there's something else I should be doing, primarily. After that, interest in what I'm doing, ability to cover expenses, ability to help people, ability to feel proud. Maybe these are just the sufficient conditions for the primary requirement, or maybe just the necessary ones.

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    Hmm, interesting question. Contributing something useful to society is probably a major part of it for me. On a more mundane level, a secure job that gives me some financial freedom is also part of it.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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    Success in a career is when you start being the hub of everything, when you spend more time on the phone than actually doing something

    Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come

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    Success is what brings you happiness. That applies to careers too.

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    Success to me:
    1. Being the lead or subject matter expert. Shallow I know but it is what I strive for.
    2. Being able to manage your own time.
    3. Maybe should have been first but financial stability. I don't think I will ever make millions in what I do but I enjoy it and really would just consider success being if I can live comfortably.


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    Career-wise, I'll be happy when I find a job that:

    -pays well enough to keep me comfortable
    -is stable enough that I'm not stressed about it
    -is variable enough that I don't get bored
    -is intellectually challenging/interesting enough that I don't get bored

    It's also important to me that my actions will be meaningful to someone and that my work will go to accomplish something, but that's less under my control. It would also be nice to have a boss that gives me desired outcomes and lets me achieve them however I want, but again, that's not really under my control.

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