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From subpar to extraordinary: Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part series.

Last week I talked about work ethic. Clearly, work ethic is a catalyst for success. So what is success?

In our society, we associate success with money. The more money you make, the more successful you are.

Is this true? Dictionary.com defines success as “the accomplishment of one’s goals.” Though money is usually implied, success does not rely on it.

Take my mother, for example. Despite having a child at nineteen and not going to college, she has managed an insurance agency, worked for a national law firm in Washington, D.C., sold houses, directed a medical records office and had many other achievements. She’s had jobs created specifically for her; she’s far too qualified for any minimum wage job.

We’ve never been rich, but we’ve always had enough money to live comfortably. Does this mean that my mom isn’t successful? I may be a bit biased, but I believe she is. She’s always been a hard worker and has always done what’s best for her family. We’ve had some setbacks, but that hasn’t stopped her from striving for success.

Instead of associating success with money, think of it as knowing you’ve done your best and doing everything you can in every aspect of your life — in your career, relationships and your personal growth.