What does success mean to you?

Successful girl cheering

What if success is less about how much money you make, or many houses you own, and more about how fulfilled you are? Maybe it's about the impact you make in your community, or how loved you are by the people who matter.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly success means to you?

Many of us have never stopped to ask ourselves this very important question. Instead, we may follow the path of everyone else, pleasing those around us. Perhaps we may chase the traditional view of success: money, fame and power. For others, it may mean achieving a goal or being able to do the things that make you happy.

What is your definition of success?

If you still have not defined your idea of success, try this exercise: Take 15 minutes with a blank piece of paper and start writing words, symbols or pictures of what success looks like to you. You might want to focus on your immediate or near-future ideas of success. You might feel inspired to look at your whole life and start to document what a successful life looks like to you. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What makes me happy?
  • What are my values and priorities in life?
  • Where have I already been successful in my life?
  • What lessons have I learned from those experiences?
  • What was not successful and what did I learn?
  • Who do I admire and why?
  • What truly matters to me?

Success is better measured by what engages and energises us every day.

Typically, the very activities that engage and energise us are driven by our innate natural talents.

If you enjoy building and nurturing relationships, you will likely be energised by managing a team or growing a business. Perhaps you are a great problem solver, strategist or visionary, inspired by new ideas and do your best work when you have time to think and reflect. Or maybe you love the adrenaline rush of multiple projects and deadlines.

Success is unique for all of us because we all have a different mix of talents.

As a student at Torrens University, we give you the tools to take success into your own hands. You can learn about creating a positive mindset, overcoming obstacles, building resilience and learning how to give feedback. With personal development workshops and activities running in every trimester, you will build on the skills and knowledge required to define and create success in your life.

How do our Success Coaches define success?

Our Success Coach team is available to you to help you reach your goals. Focusing on your first year of study will help to enhance your performance and overall success. Drop-in sessions are held every week where you can ask questions to build your personal and professional capabilities.

Success to me is doing what you love and being authentic whilst you do it. We all require meaning in our life and I believe you are successful when you have found that purpose and commit your life to it. – Toni Jones, success coach for Education students

Toni Jones

The definition of success to me is understanding what success looks like; make sure you have a vision: what do you want your life to look like in five, ten, fifteen years’ time? Keep setting yourself small goals to create a sense of constant momentum. – Richard Whitfield, Success Coach

Richard Whitfield

Remember that success is subjective and there is no one right answer that fits all. Take the time to define what success means to you, outline steps to achieve your goals and live a life that is important to you.

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