The definition of success is often heavily influenced by our family, friends and colleagues. They will ask you and assess what, in their minds, you have accomplished. They don’t know always know or understand what is important to you. Finding personal fulfillment requires us to take a very personal look at how we define success and look inside ourselves for that answer. And while you may think that’s the hard part, it is usually just the beginning of a wonderful journey.
Last night I went to dinner with my mom and her best friend, who asked me what would I do if I could start all over now that I am older, wiser and with career “success” under my belt. I didn’t hesitate since in my heart of hearts I know that while writing, speaking and helping people and organizations is in my blood and is what I am creating now as my life, I would become a chef so I can share my passion for clean and healthy eating with others.
It would not be a life of endless meetings at the PowerPoint sausage factory.
And I am on a mission to find organizations that appreciate people and know how to tap into their superpowers. The last decade has produced too many burned out human beings that gave their all to the cause and were left stranded at the side of the road. The endless layoffs that have too many people living in fear instead of tapping into their full potential is an insult to the human spirit. We need new leaders who don’t pay lip service to putting people first. For decades now, research has shown that if you put your people first, you will have loyal customers and a thriving business. It really isn’t rocket science.
Life is too precious to give our power away. This is why community is becoming more important than ever and the connectivity we have allows us to find likeminded people where we can pursue our passions, make a living and figure out how we define success. Having status is no longer an aspiration for so many people.
The only truth we know in our life is that one day we will die. We don’t get out of this world alive.
One tough question to ask yourself today is not what do I do or how do I make money but who am I?
A doctor I respect asked me this question on my first visit on my journey to health and wellness: “do you know who you are?” And when I said yes, she said: “who are you?”
Try it. It may change your life.