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Does making a lot of money -- however you define that -- factor into how you define career success?”

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  • Well, to an extent - while there are intangibles such as satisfaction in what you do, the amount of money you make is directly linked to the value and duration of your labour-time, so if you're making a lot of money in little time, your labour is clearly of value - if your labour is of value to someone else, and you're justly rewarded, that could count as success. Essentially, however, it's just a question of semantics.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Melinda J Lamb on 9th June 2008

  • I don't think that it defines success, but I would say that it helps measure how far along in my career I have come. So, career wise, it would be a factor. For personal success, it supports what I want for a successful life. I want to travel. I want to have a nice home for my children. I don't want to worry about living paycheck to paycheck. I'm with Meri on this, I don't want it to play such a big role, but if success in a career is climbing the ladder - which is the want and will make you happy, money is a big measurement.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Michele on 9th June 2008

  • For me, money doesn't define success. I believe I'm successful, but as a journalist, I don't make much money. Success is really more about achieving goals and being the kind of person and mom I want to be. I feel like most of the time I've accomplished that.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Gina on 7th June 2008

  • No, it does not define or make you successful. What makes a person successful is knowing you did the job to the best of your ability, and more importantly......helping someone. It seems today that we live in a world of self gratification....what ever happened to the simple act of kindness. Knowing at the end of the day you did something GOOD and RIGHT, makes you feel good inside. Whether or not it was for financial gain should not matter. It all comes down to ethics, personal and business.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MauiDawn on 6th June 2008

  • I think being good at what you do defines your success. It's just that the better you are at it, the more you get paid (with any luck).

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Grandy on 6th June 2008

  • It does equal success on some levels for me, but not because of the actual cash in the bank, but what I can do with the money. College savings plans, retirement plans, vacations come easier to those who are successful because the money is there to make them easy.

    Money is not the main reason I work. It is nice and no one should work for free, but success for me is causing change and helping my company get from point A to point B. Seeing my actions make a difference is how I measure success.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by klg on 6th June 2008

  • I think it plays a big role for me even though I don't want it to. It just seems like the number one measure of business success. I like the idea of switching to happiness being the biggest measure. :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Meri Raffetto RD, LDN on 5th June 2008

  • People always say Money should not define success but I think it plays a part in my head.
    Success should be happiness because you are lucky if you have that in your career. It's very rare.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 5th June 2008