Like many people, I’m a member of LinkedIn. I think it’s a fabulous tool for keeping in touch with people and very well could help advance my career. Last week I logged into my account to accept a connection from a friend and I had a surprise waiting. My college freshman roommate’s title was listed as a vice president at a huge financial institution. I realize financial companies have a lot of vice presidents, but it is still an amazing job title – and certainly a salary to match. I was immediately jealous at his success. I flashed back towards college and remember the guy that could and would out-party everyone in the dorm.
I know I’m not the first person to feel this way. In fact most people probably experience at their high school reunions. I immediately left my desk at work and went for a short walk. I had to process what change of events could have occurred to make him so successful.
I didn’t dwell on that those thoughts too long, but quickly turned to my own situation. I’m not a big-wig at a company that everyone has heard of. In fact, the company I work for is so small few people in the local area have heard of it. I do make a salary that exceeds the average American’s by a wide margin. I have this blog, with great readers and commenters, that is far more successful than I ever imagined.
After thoughts about career status success, it occurred to me that there are many more areas to judge success. LinkedIn doesn’t tell me if Mr. VP spends twelve hours a day at work. It doesn’t tell me if he has a loving wife to come home to. It doesn’t say whether he has great friends or whether he’s happy with his life. Perhaps it’s time for another Self Appreciation Day – and perhaps I’m just as successful as Mr. Big-Wig VP after all.