Success is defined as the positive result of an effort or the achievement of a set goal (Duden). Almost everyone strives for success. But success is not always success. I would therefore like to dedicate this article to the topic of success and break it down according to three generations, i.e. three types of success. In each category I give a slightly exaggerated example to illustrate. Perhaps you will find yourself in a category.

Reading tip: Generation management

Professionally successful through status: Generation X

Generation X were born between 1965 and 1980 and are considered to be conscientious, status-oriented and demand a separation of private and professional life. So what could success mean for this generation? Studies and the current facts show that status and symbols are very important.

Imagine: You drive to work in your big car in the morning and you are the head (manager) of a department. Being a manager is very important to you and you recently got a very high new salary (more than your colleague). In the evening you eat together with your family in your big house (bigger than your neighbor’s).

I believe that status and wealth can contribute to happiness and that makes you feel happy every day. So if you define status as happiness, then vertical advancement is for you.

Reading tip: Become a manager

Professionally successful through freedom: Generation Y

What good is 1 million euros in our account if we don’t see the world and sit in the office 80 hours a week? Generation Y dreams of a free life and flexible time management. One keyword is New Work: The decoupling of place and time of work execution.

Imagine: You work on your laptop while lying in a hammock on the beach, surfing through the Maldives during your lunch break or living normally in Germany but you have no problems simply having brunch at 11 a.m. or going to the craftsman in the home office of 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. waiting?

For Generation Y, success at work means the freedom to realize their own dreams and be able to work flexibly. So if you define free time (freedom) as success, then you’ve come to the right place. It is important that you are professionally fit.

Reading tip: Advance professionally

Professionally successful through perfection: Generation Z

Generation Z should return to old values and look for perfection. One of the drivers of this is social networks. If we open Instagram and see the perfect lives and lunches and daily routines of others every day, then we quickly feel small when we look at our lives. Profession, fitness, property and job title must form a perfect unit.

Imagine: In the morning in the gym, during the day in the perfect loft office and in the evening with a nice after-work with Skyview. Of course, the perfect day also has to be online as an Insta story.

For Generation Z, success at work means a perfect overall picture, which looks harmonious on the outside and presents itself as a high performer. I think that’s true for now, but it can still change a lot. Generation Z is still young and everything can change. That’s why I give you a reading tip to help you find your professional topic.

Reading tip: How to find your professional topic


You notice: Success is not always success. I think every category is great. I believe that you have to choose for yourself. I fit myself into Generation Y: freedom is success. How is it for you Tell me in the little poll.

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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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