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Why success is not like pornography

Can you specifically define success or are you just hoping you’ll know it when you see it? Here are five questions that will help you identify the success you really want.

In 1964, when Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart, tried to explain “hard-core” pornography he said, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced…but I know it when I see it.”

I hear this same phrase from many people about success. They can’t define it but they’ll know it when they get there…well, maybe, or maybe not.

Some claim success means money or materialism. But, many people achieve fame and wealth, only to experience the darker side of materialism. Others claim success to simply be happiness or contentment. Yet, many poor people are genuinely content, but would not consider themselves successful.

Life is too complex to let just money or basic happiness determine whether or not you are successful. These may be elements of success but only within the context of your life choices.

Recently, I set out with a close friend on a highly structured 4-day retreat to plan our preferred future when we turn 60. We are 47 now. We quickly realised that achieving a successful future had no benefit if we couldn’t recognise and enjoy it when we got there.

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