At a recent event, four amazing women discussed issues that have plagued women since we were encouraged to burn our bras. The Mind Warriors event was a fundraiser for Red Socks Day and the Peter Blake Foundation. It was part of Leadership Week here in New Zealand.
As Sarah Trotman, Victoria Cross, Shelley Campbell and Jacinda Ardern discussed issues like success, leadership, what matters today for business women and the existence of the glass ceiling, I looked around the audience.
The age and backgrounds of the women attending was diverse. I watched some heads nod to agree with the panelist’s comments while other faces looked puzzled about the words and concepts. One of the questions from the audience was about the language used by young women compared to the language of the panelists and the meaning that the words and concepts had.
As I drove away after the event, I examined some of the research I undertook to create “Who Stole My Success?”
One concept that stood out….call it what you want success is personal.
What does success mean?
Some people think success is a destination, an address or a set of possessions. Others find success from pleasing their parents or their peers. And for others,success is a particular career or holding a certain role.
Over the years, I have learned that success is transient. One minute you feel successful and the next you can feel inadequate to the task. One minute you are up and the next….
When I researched the success thieves, the goal was to help people understand what a word means to them and how their interpretation of that word influences their choices, actions and feelings.
My children and my grandchildren have different meanings of the word success. For my granddaughter success means winning the prize, being the best, being liked. For my sons it is often about surviving and getting ahead or just seeing a project completed and sitting back and enjoying the success.
Success means different things to everyone I talk to.
What does it mean to you?
Share your definition below and let’s see if we can get new pictures and understandings of what success means.
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