Success by Patagonia:

“Success. What is it? How does each of us define it in our lives? It’s a question that has hovered over many of the stories we’ve told in the last three years. Aimee Brown has been many things in her life – a snowboarder, a hydrologist, a pastry chef, a goat farmer and a writer. Always a writer. Being a wordsmith and making a living as one are two different things. Last year, Aimee got the opportunity of a lifetime a job writing for National Geographic. Excited, she packed her Subaru, threw in her cowboy boots and moved east from her beloved Oregon towards an incredible career. After a few weeks of living in D.C. a nagging feeling set in. Were days looking out an office window, lonely treadmill runs and sun salutations without the sun success? Could you ever define it as such? It took six thousand miles of driving for her to answer that question.” – TCL

  • Gratifying thrill in the office vs. out of the office
  • Grateful for opportunity, easier to pay the bills, secure work, cherish moments
  • Hope for dreams of mountains and friends not work
  • Compromise is part of life, we make sacrifices all the time to sustain the big picture, but how much can you give up in the name of career, money, and comfort before you stop being successful
  • I think there’s a lot of us out there trying to achieve something, to reach a specific goal, to build a certain career, to attain some desired result. Maybe we’re trying to impress someone, to make someone proud, maybe we’re trying to change the world, or see our bank accounts hit a certain number
  • Success is what you make of it, what you define it to be
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