How have you defined success for your own career?

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Senior Vice President - Advanced Engineering & Data Analytics in Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees
I'm a strong believer in the principles of Ikigai, which is the Japanese concept of having a sense of purpose in life. I believe that we need to associate a purpose with what we are doing at every stage of life. Until we can do that, we are missing the core objective of the specific role we’re performing, be it in our personal or professional lives.

I see my success as helping people grow in their careers, or enriching them with new knowledge and techniques that can help them progress. By virtue of that, I also teach at my local college here in New Jersey. Although I teach machine learning to a class of MBAs, I want to expand my horizons to also give them career guidance.
CIO in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
increasing level of responsibility coupled with increasing compensation.
Director of IT in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I've measured (and continue to measure) my success in multiple ways:
1. The success of those around me/those which I directly lead and mentor
2. Continued meaningful growth and challenge in my direct role
3. The success and growth of the organization and efforts I contribute to
4. Compensation that aligns with the level of effort I provide
CEO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
I’m not the career planner type. My success has come from enjoying what I do and helping others rise along with me. Many of my favorite points in life were not associated with when I was being paid the most, but rather where I felt I could do the most good work. I also never take jobs for companies whose product, service or philosophy doesn’t fit my opinion of “a company worth working for”. 
CIO in Manufacturing, Self-employed
Leveraging the Core Business of the Organization coupled with empowering peers n coworker to claim we did it …
CIO in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I am enjoying what I do, my success is measured by the success of my team.
My responsibilities are increasing
Senior Executive Advisor in Software, 10,001+ employees
I believe that success is being strongly aligned with my Why and my passion. I am also a believer in Ikigai - the Japanese concept that means "A reason for being". I have a passion for helping others and improving human quality of life. So as long as I am doing something that I love and I get paid for that helps me pursue this passion, I consider that as success.

I have also created short term (1 - 3 years) and long term goals (aspirations), and work towards these as part of my life's journey, evaluating them every year to see if they still make sense to pursue or if I have to pivot. 

At the end of the day, I feel that if one is happy and excited doing the things that they do, and they are making a difference in someone's life in a positive way, then they are successful.

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