What do we mean by Success? – Blog 7: Your Family?

The family that we are a part of play a major role in our lives, from the start right through to the end, but can we use our relationship with our family as a determiner of whether or not we are successful in life? It’s a question that quite a lot of people think about at one point or another in life and is what today’s blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” is going to be about!

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Today’s blog is the seventh blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series and is all about our families and if we can use them as a determiner of success. As mentioned in the introduction, our families play a very large roles in our life, they shape us and help make us who we are, so the question lies, is our family a measure of one’s success?

The first thing that we can look at here is our relationship with our family. As we go through life it is clear to see that different people have different relationships with their family, some are very close while others very apart, for whatever reason. Can we justify saying that someone who is close t their family is more successful than someone who isn’t or vice versa?

It’s an interesting question to think about as you can come at it from a wide range of angles. If a person is not very close to their families, the question that should be next is why? Is it a mistake they made in the past, several mistakes or a misunderstanding? What if the person chose to be away from their family to have a fresh start? Can we still use the relationship as a measure of success?

Simply because someone has a good relationship with their family, can we say that that automatically means that they get on with a lot of people? What if they share similar interests or hobbies with their families? Are people different when around family than friends? Some may be so, so the question still pops up, can we use our family as a determiner of whether or not we are successful?

When looking at families too, it is important to consider the family image. What I mean by this is how the family are seen by other people and society as a whole. If your family is more wealthy compared to a different family then does that mean you are more successful than them? If your family are fitter, does that make a difference?

Families come in lots of different shapes and sizes, similar to people. Some families may be small and close while others may be large and apart. Whether or not we can use them to determine whether we are successful or not, that is your personal choice. I am not going to tell you what to define as success or what not too, I just like to talk about the different options and share my view.

There is no right or wrong answer for what you use to measure a persons success. If you want to simply use their family then that is your choice, if you want to use their qualifications then again, it is up to you. I like to use a large range of different factors when considering success. As people are all different my personal opinion is that it is not fair to simply use one metric as a measure, but that is just my view.

As I say in all of the blogs in this series, the questions that I ask have no right or wrong answer. They are questions that I have made to make you think. They should make you think about them and see what your view on the topic is. I believe that they can open the door to quite a few interesting debates with others, if done in the right context.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! What do you think? Are you enjoying the “What do we mean by Success?” series? What other blogs would you like to see covered in the series? Are there any other topics you want me to take a look at? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or through our Facebook page, Feedback is always appreciated!

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day! See you in the next blog!

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