“I’m driven by success, not money. Success means to me that I’m able to provide for my family in a certain way. I want my children in the best schools. It takes money to pay for that, but I’m not driven by the money first.”

—Kareen Blake, financial advisor

It has always been a priority for Cindy to exercise her independent, entrepreneurial spirit. It’s part of her definition of success. Yet she abandoned that for a big signing bonus. That didn’t work out so well for her.

Defining what success means to you—and keeping that definition at the top of your checklist when you make any important personal or career decision—will ...

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