Success Redefined

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After my last post I started thinking about the title for the new book I’m working on, which was Your Next Destination: Finding Meaning Beyond Success. The last post, titled Success Defined, seemed a lot closer than the working title, but still not exactly right. Then I had breakfast this past Monday morning with Judith Briles, my book Sheppard, and I told her about the Success Defined idea and we both agreed that it should actually be Success Redefined!

So, we have a final book title, which feels so right. The subtitle will be what started it all, When Wants Become Needs. So, the complete title will be Success Redefined: When Wants Become Needs. I will also use Success Redefined as the tagline for 4-Purpose. This project has taken on a whole new meaning as we begin to prepare for our travels around the globe.

As for my old definition of success, it was:

The ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want to do it.

My new definition is:

The ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want to do it, while being part of something greater than myself.

It might seem like a small change, but it is HUGE for me. Without the concept of being part of something greater than ourselves, we are not being our complete self. Just accumulating things and keeping up with the Jones’ is so unfulfilling in the end. I tried it for so many years and I can tell you that from my perspective, making a difference in the life of another person is more fulfilling that any amount of money that I can make. If I look at Armstrong, Carrie Rich, Sarah Potler Lahayne, Nate Howard or Niel Dsouza, impacting the lives of those trying to change the world is all that matters to me. I do like having money, so continuing to build 4-Profit and work on my business is critical. We have assembled an amazing team and they are so good at what they do, but my business does not define me and it is not “who I am.” At this point it is how I make a living.

’til next time ……

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