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How do you define success?

By your bank balance, the qualifications you possess, the friends you have?

I spent two or three years of my time at school being lead to believe that in order to be successful you must get a degree. You must spent three or four years studying for a qualification that will open more doors for you than your GCSE's ever will and even your A levels that you worked so tirelessly to achieve. Because money is more important than your happiness and apparently also your sanity. 

Because you're almost expected to make huge life decisions in your late teens. Decisions that you are forced to believe will impact the rest of your life.

I was mocked for being uncertain and for changing my career dreams at school. I was uncertain because it was drilled into my brain that what you choose to do now is what you'll have to do for the rest of your life. When I stated to several people from tutors to friends that I knew university was not for me I was told 'make sure you still apply' however, if someone knows that university is what they want to do they're not forced to look at employment if they change their mind.

Don't get me wrong I think university is great for a lot of people, lots of my friends are there now and are having the time of their life. All I'm saying is, a degree is not necessarily essential  in order to be successful. Obviously if you have a goal that requires a degree then go for it and do it because you want to, not because you feel it is expected of you.

Since being at college I have figured out how I would define 'being successful'. Being successful is being surrounded by people that never allow you to feel alone. Having friends that you can count on for anything. Being successful is never getting that 'Monday feeling' because you can't wait to get back to work doing something you enjoy every single day. For some, being successful is about what they own. I enjoy having nice things, especially if I've worked hard for them and I have some crazy things on my list of dream purchases. I'm not sure yet but maybe as you become successful your bank balance grows in equal measures.

I'm ready to prove that success is not measured by your qualifications or the amount of money you have, but how happy you are with the life you are living. If you aren't happy then it's your responsibility to change it.

How do you define success?

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Shani Coles // 22 // Northamptonshire




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