My recent series of posts on the Big Five and expat adjustment seemed to strike a chord with readers, and I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing another series exploring some of the non-psychological factors that lead to expat success.
The other day, while I was sitting in the orthodontist’s waiting room, scribbling some notes on the subject, I realized that I use that phrase — “expat success” — an awful lot. And yet I’ve never actually defined it.
I have quite a clear idea knocking around in my head of what it means … but I don’t want to monopolize the conversation! So instead, I’m crowdsourcing this baby. All you experienced, intelligent expat women out there, please tell me:
What does expat success mean to you?