Early this morning, I read a post about how people in the workforce often belittle the position of stay-at-home moms. The person who wrote the post was right. These mothers are often viewed as uneducated, lazy and unsuccessful. However, those perceptions are usually wrong, and said out of ignorance.
This post isn’t primarily about stay-at-home moms though. It’s about success, and what success means to each of us individually.
A mother who stays home, experiences success in the raising of her children. Their success is her success. There is no shame in that. On the contrary, she should be admired for her willingness to give of herself in such a way. She sacrifices her life, her needs, and her desires for those children.
Other people find success in earning a master’s degree, and obtaining a career as a CEO in a large corporation. Some achieve success by working in the fast food industry.
A man who comes home with dirt under his fingernails, and his clothes covered in grime, is just as successful as a man in a crisp white shirt and tie. A person who volunteers their time at an organization, is no less successful than the one who owns it.
People are successful when they graduate from high school, and others when they earn their GED. A person is successful when they publish a book, write a song, or learn a new hobby. Others, when they get married or buy their first home.
Everyone’s definition of success is different, and each person is successful in their own way. Therefore, no one should ever be looked down upon for the job that they choose to do, or the one that they don’t.
What is your idea of success? What makes you successful?