Choosing Meaning Over Money

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Choosing Meaning Over Money

Since a young age, I've always been told that the only way to be happy in life is to be successful. Growing up with this statement in my head, my perception was that in order to achieve success I had to earn a lot of money and make a prominent name for myself. As a child, I believed my dream career, which would provide both of these necessities, was in New York City working as the editor-in-chief of Seventeen or Glamour. In a fantasy world colorized by beautiful people and luxurious parties, I owned a Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuitton and a five-star penthouse. I had a life of perfection and I was quote-on-quote “happy”.

This dream began to seem in fact real when I moved to Southern California to attend college. Majoring in public relations and advertising, I was so excited when I was told I would get to participate in several Los Angeles internships, a possibility that seemed infeasible when I was in high school. My road to success was just beginning when I took a course in leadership development. After participating in a course about serving others, I adopted a leadership studies minor. From there forth, my dream future was crushed.

Today, I have zero plans to move to New York, be an editor of a magazine or own any kind of “luxury” item. I have no desire to profit from success or live a life of fame and fortune. Instead, I see a life filled with meaning, one that defines who I am and who I am to others. My new found hope is to own a PR firm that works with cause-focused businesses someday. It is a career surrounded by love, faith and giving, beliefs and actions that will fuel my worth.

Can you lose the typical ideals of success and live a life of meaning? Does your current or prospective internship grow and serve the people around you on a daily basis? What can you do, vocationally and professionally, that not only builds your worth, but others too? Decide for yourself whether you will cast away the expectations of fame and fortune and choose a career that brings joy onto others.

For a life of meaning is a life of happiness and a life of happiness is a successful life.

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This blog post was written by Austin Roberts, our Campus Ambassador from Chapman University.