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What If I Never Get My Dream Job?

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If we rewind to my high school years, my dream was to be a military pilot. It was a dream planted in me by my father. He wasn’t a pilot or even in the military, but we shared so many common interests, and watching planes was one of them.

When the Thrill of Success Wears Off

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Again, my heart soared as I held the newspaper in my hands. And again, my excitement faded quickly. What was the problem? I started to wonder if I was in the wrong major. Was I really meant to be a writer? To think that I had it wrong terrified me. If not writing, then what?

Why I Stopped Reaching for Success

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So while many of my peers are starting families and careers, I’m taking New Testament survey and theology classes. If I’m completely honest, there have been times I’ve wondered if it is worth it. Shouldn’t I be putting my time and resources toward building a successful career?

Your Future Is Not Determined By Your Circumstances

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Many people believe that in order to achieve success, one needs a head start in life–you need to be ahead right at the starting line. What this means is that your chance of “success” is determined by your family background. If you come from a privileged background, you have a higher chance of success in life.

When Success Leads to Dissatisfaction

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In my part of the world, we have a Hokkien word to describe a sense of competitiveness and unwillingness to fail: Kiasu. Literally, it means “scared to lose”. Nobody likes to fail or lose.

When I Found the Missing Piece To Success

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Sometime ago, I started mulling over the meaning of success. This came about when my dad made an offhand comment on how successful one of my distant cousins, a surgeon, was in life.

Really, what is Success?

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“Success is a right,” the motivational speaker told the audience at a seminar I was attending. He paused for effect, giving us time to digest what he said. With all his years of experience as a motivational speaker, I thought, surely there was some truth to what he was saying.

After Being Told I was Promoted . . . I Quit

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If the interviewers knew the type of student I was in school, they would probably have rejected my application right away. I was hyperactive, restless, and even “overly dramatic”—according to one teacher’s description in my report card.

SUCCESS | Themed Contribution

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While on my way to deliver an order to my client one day, I drove by one of my former classmates from school. He was in a Mercedes-Benz car, looking cool. I immediately felt embarrassed of my car’s chipped paint. “He’s so much more successful than I am,” I thought.