Recently I attended a wonderful women’s conference hosted by Salem College. The opening keynoter asked the audience, “What is success to you?”

She encouraged the audience to write down goals on a handout.

I was confronted. Stopped in my tracks right then and there.

One of the other speakers scheduled for an afternoon session was a professional speaker whom I had admired while a member of the National Speaker’s Association. She had “gone to the top” of highly acclaimed and awarded speakers, served as president of the association, and spoke globally on her expertise. She was the epitome of success.  The same success track that I had given up!

Being a nationally acclaimed speaker had been my career plan 20 years ago. But family tragedies  intervened. My path had taken a sharp turn, with many stops and starts. My career was not about failure, but rather adversity and obstacles.

Those tragedies resulted in different choices, a whole new plan, and  new educational investment. It all flashed in front of me in an instant, as I thought about the “success question.”

The answer came: “I like what I do now, and I’m good at it. It’s deeply satisfying.” That is my definition of success, for me.

How has your career path changed?

What is most important to you: satisfaction, achievement, recognition, or financial reward?

Where do you need to give yourself a pat on the back, or a heavy dose of compassion?

Whose lives have you impacted? What's next?


“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” ~ Dorothy Height



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