Success at work and other areas of life doesn’t always go hand in hand with overall satisfaction in life. For example, a woman can be successful at her career and be satisfied with her performance there, but she might not feel satisfied overall with her life or with her relationships.
There are multiple life situations and factors to consider, so success and satisfaction can be hard to link. Another example is that a woman is successful at her career but is not satisfied with her career because of depression or because of her lack of interest in her career. Of course, there is also the woman who is successful in many areas of her life, including her career, and feels overall satisfaction or satisfaction in some areas.
Most people would agree that having overall success and satisfaction in life are desired outcomes, but it doesn’t always happen in the way it’s planned, and it might take a while to figure out how to be successful and satisfied at the same time. Also, success in one area (like careers) might not be as important as in another (like relationships), depending on the individual.
Steven Berglas, a psychologist who has written books on success and is currently an executive coach and management consultant, said in an e-mail that success is achievement.
“If you win a race, win a contest, or start a business that makes money, you have succeeded,” Berglas said. “There is no psychological component to success, save that it can enhance a part of your self-esteem.”
However, he said that satisfaction is purely psychological.
“For most humans [satisfaction] is a derivative of love — feeling it and receiving it,” Berglas said. “You can 'love' being productive, so it is often linked to achievement, but most people do not necessarily feel productive unless they impact others.”
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, satisfaction is “fulfillment of a need or want” and “a source or means of enjoyment.” Life satisfaction and happiness have been linked to better health, according to a study found in Science Daily.
Although they appear to be separate, at least in the U.S. they are always placed together.