Every month, Virtual Assistant Forums challenges their members to blog about a given topic. Volunteers select the best entry, and the winner receives a brand new business or VA book of their choice from the VAF library. I had intended to enter last month, when the topic was “Success As A Virtual Assistant Is…” but March just seemed to slip away, as months often do, and I missed the boat. Although I’m too late for the contest, I have given the subject a lot of thought, so I’ve decided to go ahead and blog about it anyway.
In my opinion, success as a virtual assistant, or in any other endeavour, is in the eyes of the beholder. Some measure success by the amount of money they have in the bank, or that they bring in each month. For others, success is equated with being well-known. I’m inclined to agree with my online friend and former POC colleague, who said,
Success is what I want it to be, what I’m happy with.
Jacki Hollywood Brown
When I left my job in 2005, my goal was to earn enough money from my business to make a living without going back to outside employment. Since I have achieved that, I consider myself successful, even though I don’t live in luxury or wear the latest designer fashions. Although I certainly wouldn’t object to making 6 or 7 figures, it’s not really important in terms of what I want to achieve in my business and in my life.
The winner of the March Blogging Challenge agrees:
Success as a Virtual Assistant is whatever you want it to be. If you love what you are doing and are doing it every single day…than as far as I am concerned, you are indeed successful.
How do YOU define success?