I remember the day a friend asked me if I consider myself successful in my career. I always wanted to have my own business in Online Marketing and since I don’t have my own company. Would that mean I am not successful? And what is success? What does success mean to me? So I created a list that had to answer these two questions: Afterwards, I went into solitude for over a week. I needed to reflect, meditate and pray which helps me to look at myself in honestly. And I concluded that I am successful and well on my way to even go beyond that (I always dream big).
If you’re pursuing your passions, if you’re learning, and if you’re forging meaningful relationships, you’re on track to do great things – even if you aren’t extraordinarily famous or wealthy. Not because you’re not running the whole company (yet!), that doesn’t mean that you’re not making serious steps.
There are plenty of signs that you’re further along in your career or far more successful than you think you are. You just have to know how to spot them. And those moments — those seemingly small successes — deserve to be celebrated. You can make everyday sparkle! Every day is a new day that you can work towards your goals and the journey (as cliché as it sounds) it’s SO much more important than the destination. The awards are merely the result of your hustle.
Here are a couple of signs that show’s that you are far more successful in your career than you thought you were:
1. You are having more good days than bad days at work.
We all have our bad days at work or sometimes weeks or months. I believe that if you are having more good days than bad days at work than that is a success. There is an inherent win here. Not everyone loves their job – don’t forget to be thankful for that too.
2. You nailed it during the big meeting
Going into a big meeting where everyone shares his or her idea. It can be hard to get your idea out there. But once you have there is no better feeling than when your well-thought-out idea receives a warm reception from your co-workers and peers. It might not happen every time that you present an idea, but you did it! And celebrating those times it does, is important!
3. You’ve been asked for career advice
Generally, nobody would ask people for career advice or help when you don’t admire them or respect them in some way. It’s a pretty huge compliment if you’ve been asked to share your career experience and path with someone who is actually looking to get where you are now. You might not look at yourself as successful, but they do!
4. You’ll crave new learnings and new challenges.
Learning is always one of your top priorities. You know that continually gaining knowledge and information is crucial in order to stay up-to-date. Learning new skills and taking on new challenges likely means that you’re further along in your career than you think you are. After all, if you’re still trying to get a handle on the basics of your job, you’re likely not looking out for new things that will challenge you. If you feel comfortable enough to go out there and reach for something new that is not a little thing! Working towards meeting your goals deserves all the celebration.
5. You possess confidence without arrogance
I truly believe that the big difference between a successful person and someone who believes they are successful is the way they conduct themselves. You won’t feel the need to fake your confidence because you already have it. True success requires the ability to feel empathy—to realize that other people’s dreams and feelings are just as important as ours is. If you can inspire those who are struggling, whilst showing empathy and humility for others, you are already a successful individual.
“Your ability to deal with the ups and downs of your career is your power!”
6. You know that failure is a redirection.
You’ve seen and learned that the people who “never” fail are those who don’t try. Or you have seen and learned that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So when you see that you have failed you don’t automatically see yourself as a failure. No, no instead you embrace each failure as something to learn from and that there is another direction to be taken. Your mistakes pave the way for your success by revealing when you’re on the wrong path. As annoying as this sounds (I could not stand it when someone would tell me this) but the biggest breakthroughs typically comes when you’re frustrated and feeling the most stuck. It’s in the frustration where the secret lies, it forces you to think differently, to look outside the box and see the solution you’ve been missing.
7. You are always looking for new and better ways of doing things.
You love to innovate and you keep asking yourself the question: “Why is it done this way”? The opposite trait – resistance to change – can stall your career, the same way it stalls big companies’ progress. That’s according to Scott Galloway, a clinical professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the founder of the digital intelligence firm L2, and the author of the book “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.” Galloway writes: “Trying to resist this tide of change will drown you. Successful people in the digital age are those who go to work every day, not dreading the net change, but asking: ‘What if we did it this way?’
Whether you’re celebrating your career wins or acting like your friends’ cheerleader when they have good things going at work, toasting to your successes, and pampering yourselves a bit can really remind you that, ultimately, you just might be doing a bit better than you thought.