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Thursday, November 04, 2004 8:50 AM
Success Redefined
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work

I've been traveling over the past two weeks -- to the Bay Area, to the LA area and now to Detroit. In discussion after discussion about Worthwhile, so much of the dialogue has come down to this: How do you define success?

Here at Worthwhile, we see two immutable trends of the 21st Century:
-- First, people increasingly are refusing to exchange their hours for dollars exclusive of meaning or passion. Success is loving what you do (as long as you can make a living at it, which by the way usually follows loving your work).
-- Second, companies that swap values for dollars aren't long for the world. Consumers, employees, suppliers etc. are demanding a stronger set of standards.

Has your definition of success changed in the past few years?


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g - 12/4/2004 3:53:45 AM
Sure, my definition has changed.

I'm heartened by Roddick's line...

My view of success has been iconoclastic: success to me is not about money or status or fame, it's about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world.

And Patagonia...

It is the style of the climb, not the attainment of the summit, which is the measure of personal success. Each of us must consider whether the end is more important than the means.
As we enter this new era of mountaineering, re-examine your motives for climbing. Employ restraint and good judgment. Remember the rock, the other climbers - climb clean.


Personally I like the line of 'to me, success is the ability to be yourself in a world in which the pressure to be anything but is huge'.

Does this help anyone?
Troy Worman - 11/4/2004 11:33:29 PM
Absolutely. As a father of two small children, balance is much more important to me today than it was five years ago.


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