Tag: mindset and success

What’s it Mean to be Truly Free?

September 22, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” – Frank Tyger, Editorial Cartoonist, Columnist, and Humorist On retreat I do an exercise where execs introduce themselves to each other by telling stories about the best summer of their youth. It’s truly wonderful to hear these “Captains of industry” speak of the play, creativity, minor trouble-making and most of all, the freedom that everyone felt. For some, they are immediately struck by the contrast of this period of their life with their current life. They often realize that, though they have abundance, money, toys, large homes, and large companies, they have little freedom. Too many executives feel trapped by their success; the demands on their time and […]

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If Only I was Successful Then I Would be… Answering the Chicken or the Egg Dilemma Once and for All!

July 14, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

I wrote a book a couple of years ago titled, The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Go from Success to Fulfillment and Other’s Don’t. The thesis I presented was that fulfillment leads to success, not the other way around. This is not terribly revolutionary thinking, nor is it counterintuitive, yet high-achievers need to be reminded. If you are not happy now, you will not be happy when you accomplish a lot of things. In a wonderfully entertaining and educational TED Talk from 2011, psychologist Shawn Achor of Good Think answers the age old question: Does success lead to happiness or does happiness lead to success? Or, to put it another way, does productive work lead to happiness or […]

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