What does success look like now?

What does success look like now?

If you have left corporate to start up your own business have you redefined your criteria of success? If you were working for a company for many years chances are your success criteria were defined by your role, your departmental objectives and the company’s targets. Or maybe not…..maybe you defined your own success based on job title, salary and benefits package, overseas trips, class of business travel and number of staff reporting to you. So what happens when the constructs that we defined our success (and sometimes ourselves) by are no longer there? Does this mean we aren’t successful? Starting up your own business means redefining many things, finances, working location, tax status but often we forget to redefine how we will judge ourselves to be successful. From my own experience and working with many Corporate Crossovers®, (women starting a business who have left corporate) not redefining our success criteria can leave us with that nagging doubt wondering if we made the right decision to leave. If left unchecked, it can also grow into vacillation about whether to stay self-employed or to go and get a ‘real’ job again. Personally, I went through an 18 month period of wondering if I should ‘get real’ and get a job again and it wasn’t I took stock and thought about what success meant to me now in my own business, did I realize how successful I was! Taking stock for me involved: examining what was REALLY important to me about the life I wanted to live (my values) how much time I spent working now vs. before (daily hours and vacation) my income...
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