Back in the day, the definition of success meant something different. In the 1950s, graduating from high school and getting a decent job, getting married and raising a family was most of America’s definition of success.

Things has drastically changes since then, and thanks to a LinkedIn study, we have an idea of what success looks like in 2018.

Researchers on behalf of the job networking website, surveyed professionals about how they think about success, how they feel about it, how they define it and even how they talk about it.

In other words, the researchers sought to answer this question: “Why do you get up and go to work every day?”

Here’s what they found.

1. Say bye bye to the flashy title and hello to skills.

According to a press release sent to EBONY on the study, today’s professional isn’t just in it for the title. 89 percent feel that skills are more important than someone’s job title. “Learning a new skill” is the number one goal of professionals for 2018, according to the study.

2. Flexibility over everything.

It used to be a point in time where we fought hard for the corner office. Well today’s professionals (96%) could care less about having a corner office. In fact, more than one-third (34%) reportedly are willing to take a pay-cut of 10% in exchange for being able to design their own schedule.

3. The age of the side hustle.

According to researchers, two out of five professionals do not list being passionate about what you do professionally as a measure of success. 69 percent reported being in it to simply pay the bills. Living problem-free is a top priority, with 74% of respondents working to not worry about money. 36 percent of respondent reported finding success in pursuing a side hustle or passion project.

4. Options, options, options.

65 percent of Americans say they fear they will miss the opportunity for success if they don’t keep their options open.

Read more on the study’s results, here.

 



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