What do we mean by Success – Blog 20: Your Authenticity?

Being authentic, or in other words being yourself, is such an important part of how we live our lives. It influences who we are, how we work, why we do the things that we do, what we need to improve on and more. So, if being authentic plays a part in all of these different areas of our life, does it impact on how successful we are, both in life and as a person?

This is what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Story – The Call

Today’s blog is going to be a little bit different to the usual kind of blog that I write. The blog is going to be focused around a story which happened to me around 4-5 weeks ago, which played a really large role in the increase of the amount that I stutter over the last couple of weeks.

I mentioned in last weeks blog that I was going to talk about it this and, even though it is quite a personal story, I still feel like the messages that we can take from it are very important. It may seem like a very sad story when you read through the first few paragraphs, but there’s always a lesson and a moment of reflection that we can take from moments like this.

So without further ado, this is Sweeney’s Stuttering Story – The Call.

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 19: Your Creativity?

Creativity – the ability to create, invent and produce original, new & useful ideas. Creativity is something that lives inside all of us, with each person taking their own creative tendencies. We use creativity frequently in our day-to-day lives, whether it be for work, education, free time or more! A question arises here for me, if we do all have some form of creativity, then can we use it as a measure of how successful we are?

That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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My Stuttering Episode on the “It Starts with Action” Podcast!

Being a part of a podcast has been something that I have always wanted to do in life, however, due to my Stutter, I always thought that this dream was out of my reach, but now I have proved myself wrong! This week I starred in an episode of the “It Starts with Action” podcast, where I talk about a large array of different things, and is going to be what today’s blog is about!

So without further ado,

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 18: Your Personal Growth?

As people go through life, they quite often change, develop and grow. Life is one big learning curve at the end of the day and personal growth is essential to people. There’s always a lesson to be learned in life & they don’t always just show a mistake that has been made, but also an evaluation and modification that was made, as a result of the so called mistake. In saying that, can one’s personal growth be used as a measure of how successful or not they are in life?

This is what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 17: Success as Self-Care?

Success, Happiness and Love. All are made out to be these grand, beautiful, life-changing things that one must seek and find in order to have lived a truly fulfilled life.

However, like with almost anything in life, meaning & importance are not fixed values but vary depending on your perspective which is also shaped by various factors such as your own values, life experiences, personality, beliefs, etc.

Thanks to James, I have the opportunity today to share my perspective on success with you.

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The Lockdown Reflection Poem – The Brown Minimalist

Lockdown has given us all some time to take a step back and reflect on how we see ourselves, as well as how we live our lives. This time has been an enlightening experience for many and has led them to relight their creativity and passion for life itself. Today’s blog is guest poem by The Brown Minimalist, all about The Lockdown Reflection. I hope you all enjoy it!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 16: Your Failures?

Failure is something that we all face at one point or another in our lives and provides us with the opportunity to learn about where we went wrong, to ensure that we improve or learn a particular thing for the future. As we grow older, our concept over what the word “failure” changes, but can we use our failures as a measure of how successful or not we are in life? That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 15: Your Grit?

Grit is a trait that we commonly use and require in life, but can it be used to determine whether we are successful or not? Today’s blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series is going to look at what we mean by ‘grit’, the effects that it has on our life and if we can use it as a measure of how successful or not we are in life!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 11: Our Social Media?

Social Media has very rapidly become a part of every way that we love our daily lives. For something that we use multiple times a day, can we use it as a measure of how successful we are in life? This is what we are going to be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 6: Your Self-Image?

The way that we see ourselves and why we do the things we do can play a major part in a persons life. The way that we feel about ourselves can have a dramatic effect on how we go about living our day to day lives but can we use it as a qualifier for being successful or not? This is what we are going to be looking at it in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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Today’s blog is the sixth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series! Today’s blog is going to look at our Self-Image and if we can use it to determine whether we are successful or not in life. This blog will take a similar angle that the Public Image blog took last week but will look at it from a personal perspective, looking at how we see ourselves and the effect that that has on whether or not we class ourselves as successful or not.

Our Self-Image is something that we find changes from time to time as we go through our lives. The way that we think and feel about ourselves is forever evolving and developing as we learn more and more about how we work and operate. A good Self Image can be a real asset to have going through life but conversely, if we have a bad self image, it can be a real hindrance on us going forward.

The way that we think and fell about ourselves should be something that every decides by themselves but it is heavily impacted by the environments in which we are in. The effects that our surrounding environment can have on our Self-Image can be good or bad, depending on what the environment is and how we feel in aforementioned environment.

So the question that I am asking today is, can we quantify our successfulness simply by our Self-Image? If we have a really good Self-Image of ourselves and we all think that we are great in everything that we do, does that make us successful? Conversely, if we have a poor Self-Image, does this mean that we are not successful or in some way a failure?

The questions above can be quite interesting questions if you really think about them. As I say in every blog in this series there is no right or wrong answer to the above questions, it is all down to a matter of opinion. If you feel like it is the determiner of whether you are successful or not then I would be quite interested to hear why you think that?

The image that we hold about ourselves differs from person to person. Some people are naturally confident and are born extroverts whereas others are quieter people who are more likely to be introverts. It is usually assumed that the person that acts confident in front of everyone is really confident when that is not always the case. It is important to remember that people can always put up a front if they want to or feel the need too.

So can we judge whether someone is successful or not based off of whether they are/ act confident? It is quite a tricky question to answer as the answer would more than likely differ based off of the scenario and the context in which it was asked.

I think again that the answer comes down to what success means to you. Do you define success by one or two factors or do you think that there are a lot more factors that contribute to whether or not we are successful or not in life.

Our Self-Image can also be affected by an array of different variable too, further complicating whether or not you should be using it as a determiner of successfullness. Variables such as bullying have a very large effect on a persons Self-Image and can have very long lasting effects.

Let’s take a look at somebody who was bullied for a long period of time. No matter how mentally strong and resistant you are, it will eventually start to get to you and will dramatically lower the Image you have over yourself, you could say lowering your Self-Image. What is sadly the reality of bullying id the person that is getting bullied will start to feel like they are worthless and do jot deserve anything in life, you could say at this point that their Self-Image is incredibly low.

Can anybody justify classifying whether or not someone is successful or not based off of someones Self-Image when their Self-Image is as low as it comes due to bullying? Is there any possible way in which people can justify that? Could we say that if a person has been bullied then they are not and can never be successful?

I obviously say no to the above question with a very string opinion off it based off of what I have gone through in life. I fully understand that the above questions are an exaggeration of the topic to a certain degree but they are still questions that we need to think about properly. I don’t write blogs to lecture anyone or tell them what they should or should not be doing but they are still important questions and lessons to consider.

Success, as I always come back to, is a small word which meaning means something different to each and every person. The way that we define success is completely unique and there is no right or wrong answer to it. Whether we decide to determiner whether we are successful or not based off of one factor or more, it is something that can lead to a lot of interesting and topical debates in life!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! What do you think? Do you think our Self-Image can be a determiner of if we are successful or not? What does success mean to you? Are there any other topics that you would like me to look at on the page? Let me know either in the comments below or through our Facebook page!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 5: Your Public Image?

How we see ourselves and see each other is one of the underlying principles of Society. Everybody in life has their own role to play which to many makes their public image very important. The question that I am now asking you all to think of is your public image a reflection of how successful you are or not? This is what we will be taking a look at in today’s What do we mean by Success blog!

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Today’s blog is the fifth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series that we run on the page and is all about your public image! A public image is something that we all have and is something that plays a big part in how we live our day to day life! While everyone has a different part to play in life, can we use our public image as a determiner of whether or not we are successful in life?

Firstly, to answer this question, we need to take a look at what I mean by our “public image”. Public Image to me is both a combination of how we are seen by others and what our role in society is. Are you seen as a caring person who anyone can talk to or are you more of a quiet person that just does a job quietly?

Nearly everyone we meet in life will be different and will react in their own way to different circumstances. Some people will instinctively panic if a problem arises and will go frantic whereas others will be able to keep their cool and thin rationally about how to solve the problem that they are in. Is it fair to say that the person that keeps calm is more successful than the person who stresses out and panics?

The answer to that question is a matter of opinion, it reflects how you see people and indeed society. I don’t think we can judge whether someone is successful or not simply by how they react in a crisis, but to many it is a determining factor. Again I am not saying you are right or wrong in whatever your view is about the question, I just think it is quite an interesting question to ask ourselves.

The thing that this comes down to in my opinion is how important is your public image to you? If you see your public image as being very important then it is more likely that it will be a determining factor of whether you consider yourself and others successful or not. There is again no right answer as for how important your public image is to you, it is all down to what you think of it.

People come in all different shapes and sizes. Some people are tall, others are short, some are great at Maths, others English. We are all different and it is what makes the world interesting. We find as we go through life that there are people who are natural leaders and then there are people that work better being told what to do by someone else. Is it a fair thing to measure success simply by if you are a leader or not? Alternatively is it a fair view to say that someone is not successful in life because they are not a leader?

Personally I think that whether you are a leader or not does not matter in regards to being successful or not but in saying that , there will be others that think completely differently. I am really interested in seeing what you all think to some of the questions I have been asking all throughout this series. I feel like they are all very thought provoking questions that really make you think of how to answer them and how you see yourselves in general.

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! The blog is a little bit shorter than I originally planned but I think that there are some very good questions asked here that can really make you think. What do you think success means? Do you think your pubic image is a factor in whether or not you are successful in life? What do you think your public image is? Let me know what you think either in the comments below or though our Facebook page!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 3: Your Qualifications?

Education and indeed the qualifications that you have are too many the foundation of their definition of success. People see education as an all or nothing when it comes to being successful or not when sometimes it just simply is not. The question that we are going to be looking at today is: does education factor in whether you are successful or not?

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This is the third blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series! Today’s blog is all about if education and qualifications are a factor of whether we are successful or not in life. As with many of the other blogs in this series, there are a lot of different opinions on this topic, I will give my opinion but I am in no way saying that it is right or wrong , it is simply my view on the subject. If you have a different viewpoint or question let me know in the comments or on our Facebook page and we will discuss it further.

The education that we have had the qualifications that we have achieved will most likely differ with each person you meet. Different people prefer different subjects, some people may find Maths and English as the easiest subject in the world, whereas others may see them as the hardest. The qualifications and education we have does play a part in where we end up in life but should we define our success simply by what we may have acheived 10-20 years ago?

It is very true that education can help you get a better job in the future but simply having the qualifications does not guarantee that you will get any or every job that you apply for. They play a good part in it yes, but they are in no way a guarantee. The value that we place on Education is very important growing up and is something that I personally value very highly but the question is: does it determine whether we are successful or not?

If you have 10 GCSE’s with grades ranging from A*- C and your friend has 9, does that make you more successful than them? Does it make you smarter than them? If another one of your friends has 11 GCSE’s ranging from A*-C does that make them smarter or better/ more successful than you? These are the questions that I would like you to think about when reading this blog. How do you see success and does your education act as a factor in that or not?

What I love about writing this series is all the questions that I ask are all down to a matter of opinion. You can talk to 10 different people about these questions and each time you will get a different response. The concept of success is one that we all see differently and it is something that should be embraced, not swept to one side.

Education is constantly evolving to adapt to a forever changing world, therefore the education and ,of course, the qualifications change with them. An easy example to look at here is the change from O Levels to GCSEs. This change was made for people who wanted to leave school at 16 without doing A levels or attempting to go to University. Education always changes eventually so should we deem how successful we are by the things that we are taught?

The way that we see Education also differs depending on who you talk to. The traditional way as it were would be to go through school to get your GCSEs, then go to College to study for your A Levels and then go to University in your chosen filed and eventually get a job. That is just one way that people can do it. There are so many alternate routes that people can take ranging from BTEC qualifications, to vocational qualifications, professional courses and so many more.

Personally I did not take the “textbook way” to get to University. I went through School doing really well and got very good GCSEs, even with a very large operation during my last year in School. When I went to College unfortunately I did not do as well as I hoped and did nowhere near what I was capable of. After College I did the Level 3 AAT, Accounting qualifications as well as a HNC in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and went on to Reading University to study my chosen degree path.

Do I see myself as less successful than others as I took a different route to University? Should I? Personally I am glad that I did not take the traditional way. Not doing so well at College taught me a lot of lessons that will be very valuable to me in later life and the extra qualifications that I now have, alongside my AS and A Levels are a great asset when entering the world of work down the line.

There is no right or wrong answer for how you rank education as a factor in whether you are successful or not in life. It is all down to a matter of opinion. I base success off of a large number of variables of which my education is a part of. This blog is not meant to make you feel like you are wrong or right in what you think, it is made to open the door on questions that you may not have thought of.

Personally I love having debates on topics like this, I feel that because everyone sees them differently it can lead to a very interesting and thought provoking debate. All that I ask is that when you think of Education as a factor or not in relation to Success consider all variables. Remember what I said at the start of the blog if you have 10 GCSEs and your friend has 9, does that make you smarter or more successful than them? Success to me is a term of an amalgamation of different things but the way that you see it may be completely different.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! I hope everyone is doing alright in the lock-down that we are facing currently. What do you think of today’s blog? Are you enjoying the What do we mean by Success series? What would you like to see me talk about next? Let me know what you think of these questions and any other comments that you have either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 1: Introduction

Success – A small word that many people see very differently. You hear people use the word success from time to time but the question that I always seem to have is what do we mean by success? That is what we are going to be looking at in this series, what success is, what makes us successful and how we can change our mind-sets to see that we are all successful in ways me may not have even considered!

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Today’s blog is going to be the 1st blog in the new “What do we mean by Success?” series! This series is designed to tackle what we see as success and to try and transform how we think to see that we are all successful in our own ways. It is far too easy to get swept up in a competition with others and feel like a failure when in reality you are successful, just in a way that you may not have thought of.

Success is a term that I often undervalue in life and after reflecting on it I found that a lot of people also undervalue their own successes in life. It is not a criticism in any way , however, I strongly believe that if people understand the great things that they have achieved and the great skills that they possess then it will be a great mood booster and will make everyone ultimately feel better about themselves.

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Whether you have climbed a mountain or simply learned how to spell a new word, success comes in many different shapes and sizes. That’s not to say that climbing a mountain can be compared in any way to learning how to spell a new word, but they both are achievements in their own right, just on a different scale, they still make us successful!

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! What do you think of today’s blog? Are you looking forward to the new series? How do you value success? Do you think that we need to change what we see as success? Is success impacted by your surrounding environment? Let me know what you think of these questions and any other comments you have about my page either below or on our Facebook page!

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