I want to be successful


Ludia Kim

Among the young individuals in Gen Z, being successful is a common goal. Whether it is to achieve financial, career or life goals, the steps to become successful are precise. 


Richard St John, an analyst who has researched the key to success for more than a decade, spoke at TedTalk and revealed the 8 secrets to success. According to John, an individual must have passion, good work ethic, skill, self motivation, serving characteristics, creativity, and persistence in order to be successful. 


Skyler Anton has set an example for John’s research, “I want to be successful in helping people and making money and I will do so by building a successful in and after college.”


Abbie Slatton planned, “I want to be successful in becoming a teacher and helping students learn and grow into young adults and help them grow through their life and I plan to do it by going to college and finding a school to work at.”


Anna Brock stated, “Being successful to me, means being secure and at peace with my life. I want to be highly respected in my career field (athletic trainer). I want my kids to grow up in a safe community that I love. I want my husband to be doing what he loves. Above all, I want us to be happy and safe. To achieve this life, I must put in a lot of hard work now. I have to go to college that will set me up for medical school. I will keep my faith and be the best person I can be, and continue to work very hard.”


Environmental factors also have a role in success. 


A Harvard study, “The Grant and Glueck Study,” that lasted 75 yrs discovered that good relationships and spending time with those who make you happy results in a more successful individual. According to Make it, the study, “tracked the physical and emotional well-being of 268 male graduates from Harvard, as well as 456 poor men growing up in Boston from 1939 to 2014. Multiple generations of researchers analyzed brain scans, blood samples, self-reported surveys and interactions of these men to compile their findings.”


Robert Waldinger, a Harvard Professor of Psychology and the director of the study, followed by stating, “It’s not just the number of friends you have and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship. It’s the quality of your close relationships that matters.”


Success can be achieved by being surrounded by positive energies and self reliance.