by Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor
IF YOU ask me how deep a hole is, I can get a tape measure and then answer the question. If you ask me what success looks like though there is no standard tape measure. So how does one answer that question? What tool is available to measure it? Can it only be measured against failure?
If I get a raise, or secure that coveted promotion is that success, and not getting them failure? Not necessarily. What if I get the promotion but fail at it, or hate it and leave? I was successful in getting the job, but did that represent success?
I’m sure that someone will say that success is measured by happiness. Really? How often are we happy with some segment of our life but very unhappy with another? Is anyone totally happy all of the time? If not, does that make us all failures?
Obviously success is a concept. It doesn’t have physical dimensions, no smell, no texture, and no time definition. It is clearly different for each person. What makes it even more elusive is that our concept of success changes from time to time. So success becomes a moving target, in a fast changing world, that has no characteristics by which we can handle it.
So how do you measure success? Is that measurement the same for you as that which you apply to others?