The Illusion Of Success

Earlier this month I went back to visit family in England. I flew in to London and took the train cross-country back to Suffolk. On both journeys I had booked myself first class train tickets. The price wasn’t much higher and I knew I’d have a bit more space to do some work on the train.

As I got on the first train and found my seat in the first class section, I could feel a lot of eyes on me. I was wearing a loose fitting top, ripped skinny jeans and converse trainers, so I didn’t blend in with all of the business men and women in the carriage with me. Their reactions got me thinking about my view of what success looked like ten years ago.

In my twenties, I dreamed of being successfull. I graduated university with great ambition and dreamed of working in a high paying job, wearing a suit and owning a house. And I started out on that path. Things were going really well but something was missing. So I handed in my notice and signed up to be a chalet host for the winter season in Austria. In those few months, despite being exhausted from the long hours and hard work, I was happier than I had been in a long time.

As the winter drew to a close, I knew I had to keep moving. I booked flights to New Zealand and spent 6 months down under working and training to become a ski and snowboard instructor. Every time I went back to the UK, I felt more and more like I didn’t fit in anymore.

So back to the train and the strange looks I’m getting in the first class cabin as I take my seat and pull out my latest book, She Means Business by Carrie Green. In 2014 I made myself a promise. To put my heart and soul in to making my dream of running my own business become a reality, and to become a successful entrepreneur. During this journey I’ve done a lot of work on my mindset,  including re-evaluating what my idea of success now looks like. For me success looks more like this now:

  • To be able to earn a living doing something I love.
  • To be able to choose my own working schedule and sit in my desk wearing clothes I feel comfortable in.
  • To be able to go on great adventures around the world with Menno and have the time to visit friends and family overseas.
  • To work with amazing people who feel less like clients and more like friends.

This is my version of success. This is what drives me to show up for my dream every day. There’s nothing wrong with the vision of success that I used to have. I just know that success looks different to each and every person.

I’d love to know what your version of success looks like. Leave me a message in the comments below.

 

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Author: Cat Ekkelboom-White

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