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6 Steps to Writing Your Own Definition of Success

Secure Your Seat » When I was in college, I was heavily influenced by what my parents wanted me to do for a career. Nonetheless I was eventually able to forge a path. Now one of my favorite parts in my role as a lecturer at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is to help students write their own definition of success. My very awkward journey involved a series of experiments that in retrospect did bring me closer to my ultimate destination. When I entered college, my ambition -- to the terror of my parents -- was to be a poet. Then I took a summer career-discovery course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass.

Eventually I picked a career that has worked for me ever since: strategic consulting for high-technology companies. All this reminds me of a conversation that I had with a student last week. 1. Am I passionate about the work? Reinvent Yourself. Back in 2002, Steve Silberberg was a software programmer for an investment firm, earning a comfortable six-figure salary.

Reinvent Yourself

But he wasn't happy. "I was frustrated with my corporate life," he says. Part of the problem was his company's investment strategy: "If they saw a profit in clear-cutting a forest or polluting a waterway, they'd invest in it," he says. It was a jarring dissonance for the outdoorsman Silberberg. The day-to-day demands were also getting him down. Silberberg had just hit 40 and realized he was less than 15 years from the age at which his father died of an aggressive form of cancer. He started planning a new business guiding backpackers through America's most majestic natural spaces, where they could enjoy the sights and get fit at the same time. Last year, Silberberg led 12 trips and survived solely on the proceeds from his Fitpacking business.

"I make a quarter of what I used to, but I have an extremely high quality of life," he says. The Ever-Shifting Self. Personal Development: How to Reinvent Yourself for the Long Term. “When something bad happens you have three choices.

Personal Development: How to Reinvent Yourself for the Long Term

You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~Unknown There will always be times in our lives when we need to reinvent ourselves. They could come when we experience big changes, such as leaving our jobs, moving on from relationships, transferring to a new home or losing a loved one. If you yourself are going through a major shift in your life, you may have to find new ways of thinking or doing things, or risk failing to reach your full potential. Many people who dared to leave their old unhappy lives enabled themselves to pursue their passions and find a renewed zest for living. To help you always be at your best wherever you may be in your life, here are a few easy steps and practical tips on how to reinvent yourself. Before embarking on a journey of self-reinvention, you need to make sure that you have everything that you need to make the trip bump-proof.

SuppVersity - Nutrition and Exercise Science for Everyone. Beeminder Blog. Tim Ferriss. Productivity Strategies. Week 10 - Building and Sustaining Quality and Performance Excell. I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto. Dear Members of the Cult of Done, I present to you a manifesto of done.

I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto

This was written in collaboration with Kio Stark in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done. The Cult of Done Manifesto There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. Update: James Provost made the awesome poster for the Cult of Done Manifesto. And Joshua Rothaas made this poster. The Done Manifesto Lays Out 13 Ground Rules for Getting to Done. "Done Is Better Than Perfect" It's nice to see people disagreeing because they take pride in their finished piece.

"Done Is Better Than Perfect"

But that's not the issue here. The issue is that if you have the choice between getting it perfect but never finishing, or finishing but never getting it perfect, you should finish. Get it as close as you can, but FINISH. As an artist, if I never finished anything until it was perfect, I'd never have completed a single piece of artwork in my life. If any software, hardware, or other technology company never finished anything until it was perfect, computers would have taken decades instead of years to evolve. No finished product is perfect, and if you keep trying for perfection, you WILL never finish.

No one is saying you can't put out an amazing finished piece.