Does Your Definition of Success Make You Happy?

Inspiration for this blog post came from two recent graduates of Evergreen High School, Class of 2016: Rachel Turner, Salutatorian and Henry Raeder, my nephew and “Outstanding Senior.” During her speech, Rachel exposed the cracks in the high school gold standard of evaluation and by which she had done so well—the high school GPA—and challenged the rest of us to think more broadly. In a graduating class where 90 percent of the students go on to college, Rachel reminded us: You are not a number. The numbers before and after a mere decimal point do not determine your success, and especially, do not determine your happiness. She dared the audience, comprised of classmates, teachers and parents,

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