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Here is my view... perhaps more philosophical than you were expecting for a response :-)
Just as the definitions of success are many, the drivers (i.e. the factors that contribute to success) are many as well. I sum this up as 'being the right person in the right place at the right time'.
There are a few things you can control with putting yourself in the right place at the right time, but it can't be precise - because there are so many unknowns and external influences. However, you can control being the right person – and to me, this is just being yourself first (in terms of core values), and pursuing your passion (striving for excellence in those areas).
But what is ‘right’? What is right to someone may not be right to others. So I would just focus on being right to myself, my values and my passion. If I compromise and end up pursuing ‘being right’ to some other human being, that could be a recipe for disaster over the longer term, because of cognitive dissonance and other issues leading to an unhappy life.
Recently heard of the following illustration… perhaps you are already familiar with this… several links on the web, just providing the first hit: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2015/09/04/the-...he-businessman/
Make sure you integrate your Professional Success to Life Success...
I liked that The fisherman and the businessman story. Life is not just about productivity and careers, it is more about the satisfaction in life!
The first thing to do is to answer yourself "what is professional success for me?". After that you have to understand what is or means professional success for your organizationa or your market.
Is satisfaction a way to say you have achieve some level of success.
for boosting your career networking is certainly a good tool
Samuel philosophical input and link is good illustration of different people different view on success.
As Samuel mentioned - "definitions of success are many, as well the drivers"
It’s true how you define success and how you measure up to your own definition?
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