I ran across a terrific quote this morning in "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats".
How do you define success?
If I have enough laughter, if I go to bed contented with myself and my life.
I don't think the world's standards of success are that valid.
It's the perfect topic to have in the back of your mind over the weekend. It doesn't require any real time action, and it's not going to add to the full plate, so many of you already have. It's just something to think about and make sure your goals are truly your own and not instilled by society, family members or friends. Do you wake up every day ready to take on any new challenge? Is your career fulfilling the passion you have for your dreams, business wise as well as personal?
I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but being older than many of you, it's pretty hard not to. I continue to have a pretty amazing career, but I've never been happier with what I'm doing than over the last six years since heading out on my own. It's been a wild ride with more ups and downs than Space Mountain at Disney, but every decision has been mine to own and good or bad, mine to appreciate.
One of the very first Weekend Wisdom podcasts I did was with Sandy Puc. I've never had a guest be more honest about the challenges in her life when everything seemed to go "south". If you haven't heard it before, take the time and click on the banner below. It's a remarkable interview and filled with honesty as "Sam" shares her moments of glory as well as despair. In the end, she redefined her definition of success and couldn't be more focused and happy with her life today.
I'm not suggested any of you are unhappy, but I am betting your definition of success might need some fine-tuning, simply because, just like me, we're all work in progress.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.