When it comes to your life, how do you measure success? Is it when you reach a certain milestone or the fact that you’re trying your hardest to do something great? There’s really no right or wrong answer as it’s all subjective. You also have to factor in different variables some can and might not experience.
What if I told you there was a quiz that would help you determine whether or not you’re on the right path to success?
According to Amigo Loans, there are 25 notable milestones in life we should all achieve by a certain age. Examples include obtaining your first full-time job by age 19, getting married by 27 and buying your first home before your 30th birthday. In an ideal world, this would be… kinda boring.
So what if it takes you longer than you’d like to cross an item off your goal list? Life — and more importantly your story — are in the journey. If everyone was able to do the same thing at the same time there would be no unique circumstances or inspirational stories to make us take notice.
This “life achievement quiz” also fails to consider hurdles that can affect one’s ability to reach a milestone like high student loans and unemployment. Millennials in particular are moving back in with their parents in efforts to pay down debt and save for a home. Some might look at that as freeloading but isn’t it better to rid yourself of IOUs before you dedicate your income to larger investments?
You’re also not guaranteed to find the love of your life in your 20s that can make the children thing (should you want them in the first place) a little difficult to achieve. Plus, people decide for many reasons to wait on starting a family. It’s a huge decision and commitment you can’t undo should things not work out the way you want.
There are too many examples of people realizing their dreams in their middle and later years. If one were to look at this quiz, and take it seriously, who knows how it would affect them. Good things take time. Kudos to you if you’re able to realize them sooner than later, but that doesn’t mean your life is less valuable or successful should it not happen all at once.
I decided to take this quiz for giggles and can check 15 items off the list (some before my age group). Does this make me a “success” or put me on the right track? Who the heck knows. While many of these items are on my personal list, I’ve learned it’s okay not to attach a strict deadline or age limit of when they need to happen. Now that I’m a little older, I look back and realize if I obtained too much success earlier on I wouldn’t appreciate it. There were also personal journeys I had to go through in order to fix myself. Heck, I’m still a work in progress (most of us are). It’s unfortunate but a reality that our attitudes or how we handle a situation can impact opportunities that come our way.
At the end of the day, all you can really do is use what you have to the best of your ability and give it your all. Success comes in many forms and sometimes isn’t as cut and dry like a quiz.
What are your thoughts on a quiz that can help determine your success?