Grad Bites: What Does Success Mean to You?

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be ‘successful’. But success means different things to different people: Money? Status? Trappings e.g. big house & fast car? Power? Education? Recognition? Fame?
We have asked a wide range of people from recent graduates to experienced professionals what success means to them and whether their views have changed over time, to help us understand why we do what we do. Their responses may surprise you…

Grad Bites: What Does Success Mean to You?


“Success is the ability to do what you love every day. This may sound simple but what you love changes over time and having the ability to change what you are doing to match your passion is true success. This has nothing to do with money, wealth or status as each person has different passions and loves.”

David Hauser Co-founder of Grasshopper

Source: Under 30 CEO



About our contributors

Chloë set up Quarter-Life which offers coaching for your twenties. She helps young people work out what they really want to do and how to achieve it,
Matt suffered an episode of depression, which forced him to defer his university studies for a year. He turned a very negative experience into an extremely positive one, setting up the  F.C. Not Alone football mental health charity.
Alessandra taught herself about cryptocurrencies, and her successful investments enabled her to fund her start-up nutritional supplement business, Evermore Health.
Amber is Managing Director of Human One hospitality recruitment.
Mark is a Career Coach, with over 25 years’ experience in recruitment; he has recently completed a Masters degree.
Jill is a Sales & Marketing Director, who has enjoyed a varied career in the travel and leisure industries.
Ross co-founded an award-winning app and mobile development company ( Mobile, now Vidatec). He is now a strategic adviser to several businesses.
Hannah is a freelance Product Development Consultant working with small businesses; she has more recently trained as a Yoga Teacher and now runs classes for individuals and corporates.
Emma is an early years Primary School Teacher.
Bruce has worked in many different sectors from oil to care homes; he is currently CEO at Forest Holidays.