It seems that, especially in the medical and service professions, there has always been a focus on measuring success. Productivity numbers, satisfaction surveys, business metrics, and even promotional level and titles seem to drive many healthcare professionals. Many seem to feel that they’re not successful unless they’ve hit some arbitrary level in their career —clinic lead, director of rehab, rehab manager, etc. But how do you measure success? How do you know if you’re on the right track?
What is Success?
I define success as doing meaningful (or fulfilling) work that both meets your personal or professional goals and provides enough income to support your desired lifestyle.
This means that success means different things for different people depending on your circumstances, goals, and desires.
Often times, people get caught up in “climbing the ladder”, “taking the next step”, or trying to fit the mold of what society or the media portrays as “success”. That leaves many people spinning their wheels, grinding it out, trying to reach that corner office that’s going to end up making them miserable. It also means there are plenty of people out there who have given up on their passions, dreams, or goals in order to “succeed”.
It can be very easy to get caught up in that, but we need to remember that we will only be truly happy when we are doing the work that we feel we were meant to do. For some, this might mean earning less money or receiving less recognition in order to work on a project that gets them fired up in the morning. For others, it may mean grinding it out trying to build a business they believe in.
Ultimately, it comes down to 2 questions:
- Are you fulfilled by your work and moving towards your goals?
- Are you satisfied with the lifestyle that work provides for you?
If the answer to those two questions is “yes”, then quit worrying about what other people may think, you’re already living the dream!
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