For the past 22 years, the central focus of my life has been to get a good full time job. Which sounds kinda pathetic, but I think this is true for 99% of my friends.
With my life so focused on this, I never fully appreciated the other things in my life. I’ve always thought that finding the right job would finally make me happy.
I finally found a job that I can be passionate about. I am very excited to start my career with Google. It is literally everything that I ever wanted in a dream job.
After I get something that I’ve focused on for so long, thinking that would make me happy, I realize now that the most important things that make me happy, are the things that I’ve already had.
Having secured Google made me realize and appreciate the things in my life that really made me happy.
That my closest friends completely understand my values, and are genuinely happy for me when I succeed. That my family never second guesses my decisions. That people around me believe in me more than I believe in myself. I am extremely grateful for all of that.
So for the rest of my life I should remember to focus on the real meaning of success:
"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."