This post won’t be long.
It probably won’t share any break-through information.
But that’s the point.
I’ve been working in the world of online marketing for six years now and have looked up to a lot of people because of their “success”.
I’ve also looked DOWN on a lot of people and organizations because of their “success”.
I was inspired to write this post this evening because of some excellent insight from Leo Babauta in an article titled “Why I Don’t Care About Success!”
These paragraphs couldn’t be any more clear:
If all you’re striving for is money, you’ll do horrible things to get it. If all you want is a successful business, you’ll screw people over to get it. If all you want is fame, you’ll give up your dignity to achieve it.
I could probably get a book on the New York Times best-seller list if I really tried, but it’s not something I care enough about, and I know I’d have to do things I wouldn’t be happy doing in order to get there. I’d have to make promises I couldn’t deliver on, sell something to people who are looking for answers I don’t have, trick them into buying the book.
I could make a lot more money than I make now, if I capitalized on all the readers I have and pressured them into buying more things. But I don’t think buying a lot of things is a good thing, so I’d feel crappy doing that. It’s not worth it.
It was interesting and ironic to stumble upon this article today: I’m also reading a book by Ken Blanchard titled “The Power of Ethical Management“.
In the book it addresses business ethics (and ultimately success) with 3 simple check points:
- Compliance Test: Investigate the laws and the rules and understand the spirit behind them.
- Ripple Effect: Evaluate the impact of your decision and always assume that your choice will become widely known.
- Gut Check: Take time to reflect on your decisions, and be sure you are staying true to your own core values. Listen to that inner voice that tells you that what you are doing is right.
I summarize the three step ethics check with basic questions:
- Is it legal?
- Is it balanced?
- Does it make you feel right?
I have a feeling that if people and organizations used this 3 step ethics check, their decisions may not always lead them down the “successful path” they are currently on.
So what is true success?
Do you have to be “un-ethical” to get there?
Leo hit a home-run with his definition of success:
Success isn’t about achieving something in the future, but about doing something right now that you love.
AMEN! AMEN! and AMEN!
If you want to be truly “successful”, focus on what you love and then go and do that.
Am I Successful?
After reading Leo’s article and expounding on it here, I asked myself this very question – Am I “successful”?
I’d like you to ask yourself the same thing – Are you successful?
To assess my current situation, I made the following list based on Leo’s definition of success:
- I love teaching.
- I love baseball, soccer, and clogging.
- I love online marketing, but not every aspect.
- I love to write and share information in a straight forward, simple approach.
- I love business partnerships and joint ventures where the sum is greater than the parts by themselves.
- I love being with my family.
- I love entrepreneurship.
What I’ve determined is yes, I am successful. I’m doing things right now that I love.
Are YOU successful?
What do YOU love to do?
Are you doing those things right now?