In my role as a coach, I often hear the words, “I want to be successful” and I ask: “At What?” Worldly success? Personal? Professional? Financial? It is a word that has no single definition so today I ask: “What do you mean by success?”
Many years back, I read an interesting article on managing our lives. It spoke to creating one’s own definition of success. I jotted down many of the author’s thoughts and as summer begins I pass them on as something to consider as you launch your career, look for a new job, or wonder what legacy you will leave:
Success is how you handle your responsibilities to other people, how you approach the future. Successful people have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. “Successful” does not mean they have money or their business is doing well, but as human beings they have a fully developed sense of being alive and are engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings—their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the communities where they work, live, worship, play.