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What does greatness, and success, mean to you?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

This question is a discovery-based inquiry, genuinely focused on how you think versus what you do. Go with your initial instinct when it comes to how you define success and greatness. There is no right or wrong answer, here.

Professional Answer Examples
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"To me, greatness and success means achieving the goals that you set for yourself. I know the sense of accomplishment when I can make that work, and it makes me feel like I am on top of the world."

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"To me, greatness is being genuine and kind to others. Success is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done."

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"To me, success comes when you accomplish a goal, and that needs to be something specific that you have your eyes set on. I often encourage my team to set specific goals for themselves. Second, greatness ties into that because without believing that you are great, you will not likely succeed and meet your goals!"

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"To me, greatness is having an excellent reputation and being someone of integrity. Success comes when you achieve your goals."

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"I feel a sense of greatness and success when I have a specific goal in mind, create a detailed plan, and achieve that plan. What feels greater than that?"

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"Greatness, to me, means achieving something big. Going over and above the usual goals and hitting a major milestone. Success ties into that, more as a feeling of accomplishment."

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"I teach my students that greatness and feelings of success come from setting lofty goals, and working hard to achieve them."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 07/29/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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