What Does It Mean To Be Successful?
We must first establish that there is no single definition of success. One person’s contentment may cause sleepless nights for someone else, driven by ambition and motivated by goals, the latter will do all that is possible to go beyond the comfort zone and achieve whatever defines success to them.
About a century ago, the founder of the United Negro Improvement Association and director of several large scale businesses, an orator and an inspiration to many, Marcus Garvey wrote:
“There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it; as of the individual, so should it be for the nation.”
Many of us are inspired by the success stories of others. It may be people we know personally or it may be personalities that appear in the media or even people we read about. Some may be talented individuals or business people of awesome achievement. Their success becomes the standard by which we measure our own. But this is where we must be careful not to diminish ourselves and develop inferiority complexes regarding our own capabilities. As already mentioned, there is no single definitive measure of success.
My definition of success is founded on this connection between the observer who is a potential success and the one who is looked upon as a catalyst. I am motivated by the catalyzing effect of people on others. In short I am inspired by people who inspire others.
One of my favorite books which happened to be a Wall Street Journal Bestseller for the year 2010, is titled:
Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman with Gren McKeown. In it they posit:
“Multipliers operate from a belief that talent exists everywhere and they can use it at its highest if they can simply identify the genius in people. Diminishers think People need to report to me in order to get them to do anything.”
Under the title: The Diminishers Approach To Managing Talent; they offer this:
“One way Empire Builders stifle their talent is by hogging the limelight for themselves. They are often the prima donna, insisting that they get maximum time on the stage and that scripts are written to feature them. Whereas Talent Magnets give credit, Empire Builders take credit.”
We now live in a highly competitive world, knowledge and technological advancement has elevated problem solvers, asset managers, business consultants, motivational speakers and various levels of technocrats to celebrity status. This is simply a sign of the times we are living in. There are various levels of competition and it may be positive or negative.
As Green Ankh Works, our primary aim is to inspire, attract and nurture the required talent that can make organisations and individuals great at whatever work they set themselves. Our growth and prosperity is codependent on the growth and prosperity of our partners.
We define success as the ability to be Co-Creators of Professional Creative Life at all levels and in all our endeavors.