The Rolling Stones’ classic song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is the perfect anthem to illustrate that what others tell you is “success” may in fact bring you no satisfaction whatsoever.
My sister is contemplating an early retirement and what to do in her next stage of life. Should she do volunteer work, go back to school, start a business? There is no doubt that whatever she decides she will make it a success. How can that be said with confidence? First, when she is determined about something, she does it. She finds a way to get it done.
But as important, and really quite simply, she will be successful because she is taking time to define what success means to her – not to anyone else and not by anyone else’s definition.
Shockingly, that is something most people, business start-ups and even businesses that have been around for a long time do not do.
Motivators and Satisfiers
People make decisions all the time without truly defining what it is they hope to get out of them. They say things like:
- I’m doing this because I want to make a lot of money.
- I’m doing this because I feel obligated.
- I’m doing this because I need affordable health insurance.
- I’m doing this because I want to be my own boss.
- I’m doing this because I have to.
On a recent podcast (Business is ART #38 on the TrueChat Network), my guest, Mackenzie Kyle, business consultant and author of The Performance Principle, said that money is a motivator, not a satisfier. That is really the issue with the above statements. All of them may be great motivators, but it is doubtful that any of them are satisfiers.
That satisfaction is how you define success.
Success is Personal
Success is personal. It is how we define it for ourselves. So take time to think about it. Be honest with yourself and the people who are important to you. What do you find satisfying? Whatever it is, that forms the basis for your definition of success. The motivators just come along for the ride.
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