Success is the condition or state of achieving a set of expected outcomes. It can also be seen as the opposite of Failure, which is the condition or state of encountering an unsuccessful outcome. The criteria for success can be relative to a specific cultural, social, economic or psychological belief system and/or context.
Successful individuals are able to manage the resources available to them in all circumstances. They are able to expand and utilize their strengths, while still seeking out opportunities to diversify and expand their horizons. Individuals who are successful are goal-oriented. They are good at “knowing where you’re going” (what I mean by this is that they are self-aware), and are able to plan and create the best possible outcome, whether it be personal professional or organizational. Successful interviewees will have:
There are many ways to define success. For this article, my favorite quick start guide is “When in doubt, define nothing.” Once you know what you want out of life, write down your top goals and begin to develop a plan to achieve them. Keep in mind that you don’t need to have every single goal achieved, but developing a game plan is an excellent way to lay the groundwork for achieving more goals and realize your ultimate goals.
Self-awareness is an essential quality to possess if one wants to successfully achieve his or her goals. Achieving success should come naturally, and that’s not something you can learn in college. Instead, think of your goals as you would a child’s first big book: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a high school student, that book would be a “How To” manual, listing all of the things you need to know in order to get to college, work, play sports, go to college and basically get an education. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on “what do you want to be when you grow up.”
The truth is, it takes years of hard work and persistence to reach any goals. Therefore, it’s important to know how to frame your questions (“What do you want to be when you grow up?”) in order to increase the interview’s probability of being successful (“Your goals are more important than your dreams.”). You also need to have a vision of what your future will look like, so when your interviewer asks about your soft skills, be ready with an answer (“I am passionate about helping people achieve their dreams.”). Answering the question means you have a clear idea of your goals and how to define success. This frames the questions you will be asked so that your answers are more useful in your evaluation.
I think in order for anyone to effectively frame their interview questions and set their goals, they must possess a high level of self-awareness. As a high school student, I would walk into the classroom and define my goals. I was able to see in my own mind exactly what I wanted to accomplish. This same method can be used to effectively define success in whatever situation you are facing in your career, life, or life in general. Having an honest self-appraisal will help you make better choices as you navigate the obstacles that could derail any potential progress toward success.