Defining Success Essay

679 Words Dec 2nd, 2011 3 Pages
Exploring Family Influence and Defining “Success”

Some people say that being the youngest sibling, they often receive the short of the stick. In many cases that may be true, but for me, I believe I have learned so much from my other family members before me. Particularly I have been shown the value of dollar and how hard work always leads to success. Growing up as youngest child I quickly realized what the meaning of work really was. My father was a general contractor, building multiple houses at the same time and that meant there was always work to be done. At the age of ten I was the youngest employee my father had. My job was to clean up the mess that the carpenters left behind on each job site. This mostly entailed sweeping
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Success can mean different things to different people. To me success is two-fold; it has to do with my personal achievements and how it has affected others around me. When I picture myself being “successful” that means I have accomplished everything that I want out of life. It doesn’t mean money, although money does help, but more importantly it means that I have a well-kept home, I have raised my children with good moral and ethical values, I have a wife that I love and I show her on a daily basis how much she means to me, and I work hard for everything that I own. I used to think being successful was all about the money, and glam, and materialistic things because that is how our society as a whole functions. It must be a maturity thing because as I get older, the more I think the simpler life is more of a “success” than being in the spot light. If I could paint a picture of what I think I would want to be as a successful man it would be having a stable, good paying job that could afford my family the lifestyle that I want them to live, while at the same time, allowing me to go to my sons tee-ball games or my daughters girl scout meetings. I also want to have the ability to spend time and money on my wife, because she would be my number one, before myself and even my children. If I could do all that before I die, I would consider myself a successful

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