Executive Development: What’s the Meaning of Life?

November 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

“Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” ~ John Wooden

Wooden is the Patron Saint of the Fulfillment Factor. By that I mean, lead with fulfillment and success will follow. In this quote he is saying “don’t focus on the outcome, focus on how you do things, on who you are, on your values.” This, from one of the coaches that won just about more than any coach in the history of modern athletics?

By mid-life most people start to tally their failures and successes. Many come to the conclusion they have failed too many times, too big, or simply too stupidly.

Measuring your life by wins and losses is insanity. You will be unhappy if you do this. And the crazy thing is that all of us, one day, will get the cosmic joke that life is not about how much we do, accomplish, achieve or win. It is about how we live.

The purpose of life is to live it, to be fully in it, to dive into the fullness and completeness of each moment. Regardless of what that moment brings. Don’t take my word for it, just do this and see how it serves you.

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Executive coach, top team facilitator, author and speaker. I work with individual leaders and their teams to help navigate personal and professional transitions and to increase leadership capacity and improve communication and relationship skills. I founded my coaching firm in 2001 following 12 years as a CEO. Check out more on me and my coaching process in my book "The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don't"

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