I turned 50 last week. And then I was asked to write for Success Story. Lucky me!So I thought, what would interest readers of this site? I guessed you might want to know what it takes to be successful in life? I think this is an interesting question because everyone’s definition of success is probably slightly different and if you were asked to write a story, you would probably come up with a very different definition – but don’t let that put you off – everyone has a story to tell!I am also certain that my musings would be very different to a lot of other 50 year olds. Am I really 50? I can’t believe it! But my Grandmother is 97 so I figure I am only half way to the end!
Let’s go back in time for a moment. When I was at school in the 1970’s and 1980’s in Australia, success was about having friends, being brainy but not too brainy, getting good results but not too good results, playing sport or getting involved in the arts and enjoying the holidays.When I started work, success was a little bit harder to define. As I was working full time and studying part time, getting up in the morning and getting to the bus stop without running there with wet hair could be classified as a success!
In my first role, I had to meet the requirements of my ‘career recruit’ status and push past some common stereotypes in a very patriarchal organisation. I was married and female at the age of 20, so it was assumed I would just ‘run off and have babies.’ In the end, I left before I got pregnant after 11 years of loyal service (much longer than many of my married male counterparts).