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 10: Our Popularity?

Popularity – having the ability to be liked, admired or supported by others. Is something that is so commonly sought after a fair measure of how successful we are in life? That is the question that 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 9: What does success mean to me? – Tom Jauncey

We have discussed the ideology of the term ‘Success’ having different definitions to each person since I started the “What do we mean by Success?” series, which we are putting that theory to the test. This week’s blog, written by Tom Jauncey, the Director of Nautilus Marketing, investigates ‘Success’ from a business approach and gives us an insight into what Success means to Tom!

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What do we mean by Success Series!

The “What do we mean by Success?” series that I started running on the page a few weeks back has quickly become one of my pages, most successful series! I have really enjoyed writing the posts for it and they all seem to go down really well so I have decided to give the series it’s own page! That’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s blog!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 8: The Dictionary Definition of Success?

Success has a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people, some of which we have already explored in this series. Today’s blog is going to take a look at the dictionary definition of what success is and if that is a fair definition to base our own success off of. That is what today’s blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” blog is going to be about!

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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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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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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 4: Your Social Life?

Having a good social life can help you out in so many different ways through life but a question that stems from this is can we measure how successful we are based off of how good our Social Group and as a result our Social Life is? That is what today’s blog in the What do we mean by Success series is going to look at!

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Today is the fourth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series and is all about Social Lives. As stated in the introduction to the blog, having a good social life brings with it plenty of rewards in life but can we measure our success based off of the social life we live? Is our social life the core factor of what makes us successful or not? That is what we will be looking at in today’s blog.

As we go through life, the way we see ourselves, the world and indeed each other changes and evolves. Sometimes there are new people that enter our lives and sometimes we have people leave our lives. The people we meet and the social lie we develop differs from person to person. Some people prefer to only have a small number of friends but trust those friends with a lot whereas others may prefer to have a lot more friends and not tell them as much.

The Social Life and Group that we become a part of is ultimately our decision. We decide who we talk to and meet and it is up to us to create our own Social Life. The role that we play in that group will also differ but that can be for a number of reasons. You could be a very extroverted person who likes to be the leader of the group, you could be the quieter one than people come to talk too, you could be the problem solver that people come to when they have issues that need solving and much, much more.

The roles we play in the groups we are a part of ultimately does not matter, they are our choice and if we want to change that choice we are completely in our rights too. There is always a debate going around regarding Social Lives and it involves quality and quantity. I have heard a number of people ask if it is better to have a Social Life where you are going out every day of the week and then others say that they go out once a week or once a month.

The question that people often pose is does the number of times I go out a week effect my social group? Is my social group better than someone else’s because we go out more? Does that mean our group is more successful? Less successful? Neither?

The answer to those questions, similar to most of the questions I ask in this series are completely down to your own opinion. There is no right or wrong answer and I am not here to tell you that what you believe is not right. Sometimes going out more is good then other times it is bad. It all depends on who you are as a person, what your group is like, what you are doing and a lot more factors,

Measuring if we our successful or not based off of solely our Social Lives is a very difficult thing to do. You can spend a lot of time thinking about it but may ultimately end up with nothing. The Social Lives and groups that we are a part of do change throughout life. Even if you stay in the same group all your life, the way you meet up and communicate will change somewhere down the line.

People these days live very busy lives. People have differing workloads that change over time and will also have an impact on the group that you are a part of. Sometimes groups will have to meet less as people are busy whereas there may be other times where you can meet up more due to not having much work on. It fluctuates a lot which adds to the complexity in measuring it in relation to being successful or not.

Another factor which adds yet another layer of complexity into the debate is what if you have not even got a social group? What if you speak to a number of different people but not as a group? Does that still create like a group with you being the center or does it mean that you are not a part of a group? Does this impact on if you are successful or not?

If people trust you and always speak to you but you are not a part of a group does this mean that you are unsuccessful? There really is no end to this debate as it is all down to a matter of opinion.I have my own view on it and you will have yours too. As always these blogs are not created to force you into a certain way of thinking, I am simply asking questions and looking into what your opinions may be.

Success is a word that we use nearly everyday but when we actually look at it, what does it mean? I have found that success means different things to different people. Some people think that a good social life means you are successful in life whereas others do not even count it as a factor. It is an interesting debate to have with people and can lead you to think about questions you would not usually think of.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog. What do you all think? Do you think your social life impacts on whether you are successful or not in life? What does success mean to you? Do you think there is a right answer to the questions I have asked in this blog? Let me know what you think of these questions either in the comments below or through 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 2: Your Job?

You often hear the word success being mentioned when a lot of people talk about their work life/job. You hear people say that a person was successful in getting a particular position/role or that they were not successful in a job that they went for. The question that I like to ask is what do you mean by success in this instance?

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Today’s blog is the second blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series and is going to discuss if our job is what makes us successful, if it is only a small part of what we define as success or if it doesn’t matter at all when thinking of successful. Success is a term that has many different contributing factors in for many and these factors are valued differently from one person to the next. Whether or not our job role plays a part in whether we can say we are successful or not is the main objective of this blog.

Jobs come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from being CEO of a multi-billion pound empire to working in a local corner shop. Of course these jobs all have differing salaries, workloads, responsibilities and entry qualifications. The question that I like to think of when thinking of this is, can you say that the CEO of this multi-billion pound company is more successful than lets say someone who is working in their local village shop?

The answer to the question will be very different based off of who you ask the question too. Some people, who value jobs as the breaking point in determining success or not, would say of course the CEO is more successful than the person working in the shop, whereas other people may see the question differently. The reason that I ask this question is because I personally love to see the range of answers that I get from it.

It is one of the questions that I like to use to see how a person thinks and how they interpret questions that are asked to them. For the question there is no right or wrong answer, it is down to how you see the question and, of course, what you see as successful or not.

In my opinion, our job roles are a part of what success means to me, but so are a lot of other things. There are tonnes of different factors which we can look at which define success for many such as, our home life, the goals we set, the good we do in the world and so many more. I personally always strive to do the best I can in life which in turn should hopefully result in me getting a good job down the line. While I will think that a good job is a good factor to have when determining success, it is worth saying that there are other factors that I value more and there are factors that I value less.

Again, similar to the CEO and shop worker question, this scenario/mindset has no right or wrong answer, it is down to your own interpretation. This blog is just meant to open your eyes to these questions and then leave you to think of how you would go about answering them. The same goes with the majority of posts on my page, I do not like to force a message to people, more suggest a new/alternative meaning to a statement and see what they think of it.

If you feel like you have a different view on this issue or would like to have a debate or something similar, get in touch and I will more than happily have one. As I say all of these views are simply my views, you may see something completely different to me and I always love broadening my horizons and learning new things.

Of course, setting a goal or an aim to get a job is something that I highly encourage in life. I will be covering goal setting in a future blog in this series but thought it would be nice to touch on it now. If we set reasonable goals that we can hit then it can be a great motivator for us in life and hitting it is something we can add to what we may see as success!

That is all I would like to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Do you like this new series? What do you define as success? Does your job role play a part in your version of success? What other factor would you like to see covered in this series? Is there a particularly successful person that you want to see me talk about? Let me know your thoughts on these questions, either in the comments on this post or on our Facebook page and I will see what I can do!

Thank you all for reading, I hope everybody is doing alright in the crisis we are going through at the minute and I hope you have a great day!

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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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10 Tips on How to Be Successful — Top 10 of Anything and Everything – The Fun Top Ten Blog

There is one thing all humans have in common: There is always something out there that we want. And our measure for success in life is based on whether we miss out or are able to get it. And hence, regardless of what our particular goal is, there is a science to success and…

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Do you want to be a millionaire before you are 30? — Henley Careers Blog

What do you want to do when you graduate? Your options are endless… One thing for sure is that careers are not what they used to be and you don’t have to go into a 9 to 5 job to be successful. We’ve caught up with John Frazer, a Henley Business School graduate, about what it’s like to start your own YouTube channel!

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Fail. And Keep Failing — Cristian Mihai

“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho The bitter truth is that no one who’s good at something knows much about why they’re good. The secret got lost after thousands and thousands of failures. The thing is, they subconsciously know it’s simple: you fail and […]

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