What is your greatest accomplishment? Has it meant as much to you as you thought it would? Is there anything you hope to do that would be even better?
This is a difficult question for me to answer. Maybe it comes down to a confidence or self-esteem issue. But I just don’t consider myself very accomplished.
I graduated high school. I graduated college with two degrees. And that’s as far as my education goes.
Career wise… I feel like I’ve changed careers a lot. I’ve gone from mental health to banking to mental health again to marketing to mental health all over again. And working in the field of mental health… what is there to accomplish?
I’m not saying that I’m not proud of the work I do. And I’ve been reminded by a number of individuals over the years that I’m actually good at my job and that’s shown through the number of times I’ve been requested for certain programs or to work with certain clients from time to time. But the work I do leaves me incredibly drained by the time I reach the end of most of my days. And that easily leads to burnout and thoughts that what I do really isn’t that helpful to anyone at all.
So it’s difficult for me to feel accomplished. I’ll never be a success based on the standards that most people in the world set. I’ll never be wealthy. I’ll never be the top of my field. I don’t have a family. And it’s likely that, when my time comes, only a handful of people will remember to come to my funeral.
That’s okay, though. This is the life I’ve chosen based on the choices I’ve made.
What about you? What do you believe is your greatest accomplishment? Let me know down in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.