The Difference between Personal and Professional Success

Posted: April 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

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The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. ~Dale Carnegie ()

Early last year, I found myself sat on the balcony of an apartment in Malaysia. The view in front of me was amazing. There was a crystal clear ocean; palm trees dotted all over, a cold beer in my hand and my favorite music in the background. I took a sip of my beer, soaked it all in and realized something powerful I had made it professionally!

Six months earlier, I had set myself the target of running a location free business. I wanted to write and travel the world. Malaysia was the first stop for all of that. Which brings me full circle to this article. And how it can help you decide what you want both professionally and personally.Because that might sound like personal success to you; but its truly a professionalsuccessgoal that I set.

Let me explain

The two are not mutually exclusive which Ill come to a little later on but on a base level it breaks down like this

Think of them this way what you want to achieve at home andwhat you want to achieve at work.

Now your professional goals are always personal to you; which is where it can sometimes get confusing, and the waters get murky.

But your goals can only ever be personal to you. Because, well, theyre your goals.

Now I just said that the two are not mutually exclusive. And, theyre not. They have a direct impact on each other. The crossover is what professional success allows you to do in your personal life.

Let me use my Malaysia example as a reference point:

Personally, I always wanted to go to that part of the world. It was somewhere Id never been, and it was high on my bucket list of places.

Professionally, I never could. Getting time off work or having the money to do that sort of trip wasnt feasible at all.

So when my professional situation allowed me to go there, I was able to hit my personal goal of being there too.

You probably have things in your life right now where this crossover will occur:

You might be dying to get that promotion at work but its rarely for the money or the power its mostly for what it allows you to do in your own life.

I define myself by my own business. I built it from the ground up. But I built it for the lifestyle it allows me to lead.


There are two things that come before you look towards personal or professional success:

That dictates which goal youre going to put the most emphasis on, for where you are in your life right now.

So, youve seen there is an overlap between Personal and Professional success and theyre quite often connected from the start.

But which one should get your focus?Well, that comes down to a few factors:

This isnt to say that youshouldntmulti-task and try to take on a couple of goals at a time. If you can manage that, thats fine. But if there is a big goal like, for example, going back to school and changing your career, or losing 50 lbs worth of weight, its going to be hard to manage them both.

So be careful which one you prioritize, and dont take on too much at once.

Like I said earlier, its all about what you what. And, well, whats going to make you happy.

And, both hinge on whether theyll make you happy.

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The Difference between Personal and Professional Success

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