After reflecting on what motivates them, this week the PETRIe Team were asked to define success, and how they integrate that definition into their everyday life.

Success is a capitalist lie originating in the twentieth century, defined in self-help books, motivational corporate brochures and Hollywood movies. It’s happiness that matters.
— Sorana Serban

Zadrian Smith, Editor-in-Chief:

For me, success is about being able to do what you love at the expense of not compromising your self-worth and values. I try to integrate this into my life by being very careful about whom I decide to work with and whom I allow to enter into my personal circle, because you are a product of your community. I try to hand-select mine.

Campbell Addy, Creative Director, Youth and Subculture Editor:

For a long time I have wondered how to define success. Is it the amount of material possessions I have? Or the abundance of love I have in my life? I often used to think success amounts to your social media following or the list of names you can call your clients, but that’s not the case. Recently it was the anniversary of the death of my childhood friend, and for some reason it affected my state of mind this year more than the past years. She would’ve been 22, the same age as me - and looking back at the four years since her death I’ve accomplished many things that she never had the chance to even experience. No matter how cliché this sounds, it made me realise we have one life and it can be short-lived, so make the most of it. Success for me is never regretting things. It is what it is - embrace it and move on, as we are lucky to even be here - which I hate because I know I take it for granted. 

Grace Carter, Editorial and Features Director:

Success is accomplishing everything you set out to achieve while also being a happy, fulfilled person. You cannot consider yourself successful if you are not happy. And, when it comes to money, it doesn't make you happy; for me, happiness is what makes you rich, so success cannot be determined just by wealth. As for integrating it into my life - at the very beginning, when I first started bombarding editors with my internship applications, someone told me that the key to success was perseverance. Maybe it is because I am a naturally stubborn person but I also love how it fits in with this saying from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” Essentially, just keep going! Whenever I feel like I want to throw in the towel, I think to myself - if you kept going for one more day or month or year, this could be the best decision you ever made… and if you quit, it could be the biggest regret of your life… and so I never, ever give up. At the same time, I always make sure one of the priorities at the top of my list is my partner and families - I make time for them too.

Desi Lazarova, International Fashion Director:

Success is subjective, but for me it would be achieving everything I have set out to do in my career. The more you do and the more successful you become, the integration should be an organic process.  

Katie Aske, Features Editor:

Success is happiness. It’s not about getting exactly what you want. It’s learning to appreciate everything you already have, and taking that happiness and confidence forward in life. Whenever I feel a bit down, I remember all the wonderful things I’ve seen and done, and then I smile.

Elizabeth Neep, Features Associate:

For me, defining success is an internal struggle. My default setting of success is tied up in work - academic acumen, notable employer, respectable job role. And yet, I know this success stands or falls on what others think about me. Free from the opinion of others, my definition of success transforms: creating something you love, regardless of whether it will ever be seen; helping others appreciate their worth, laughing and crying alongside them; discovering and developing new talent that others may have overlooked; taking the time to run and travel and dance and laugh - to really live life and live it to the fullest. How do I integrate all this into my life? I surround myself with people who view success in this way, friends who respect my work ethic and love my perfectionism, but know just when to close my laptop, thrust a glass of wine in my hand and invite me to play.

Angela Hamilton-Daley, Beauty Editor:
Success to me is about facing one’s fears and realising your own potential to achieve your dreams. I integrate this into my life by feeding myself with family life, art and friendships.

Martin Brown, Financial Director, Politics Editor:

Success can be many things and it is always personal. Bringing up three children over 30 years is a legacy and success; being good at what you do in work is also a success.

Brillant Nyansago, Managing Editor and Social Media Editor:

Success to me is being truly happy with what I’m doing and the result of the work. So now I choose to only work with people that I admire and their success is my success because it’s a group effort. Money and fame is just secondary and will come later.

Sorana Serban, Art Editor:

Success is a capitalist lie originating in the twentieth century, defined in self-help books, motivational corporate brochures and Hollywood movies. It's happiness that matters.

Charlotte Sutherland-Hawes, Lifestyle Editor:

Success is the feeling of happiness that can only come from within. If I don’t feel like something I’ve penned or created is good - down to my very core - and needs no external validation, I know it won’t be my version of success.

Dimas Bian, Music Editor:
Success is to have a freedom in doing what you’re passionate about in life. The real luxury in life is that freedom.

Words: Team Collective

Image: Still-shot from Rocky Balboa, 1986