Earlier today I got a great question from Annie Black, a great friend, amazing skier, and someone who is focused on her own improvement. She also has to be the person who is at work tempting me to join her group for a helicopter skiing trip to Revelstoke next January... but that's not what her email was asking me.
After she read my "Get Tough" email, she asked me a question that may have been on your mind about the "motivational speaker" I mentioned who is buying his own Eclipse 500 jet:
"How could a guy so negative be so successful?"
Think for a minute about how you would answer that question. I think the answer is a bit more complex than it might seem at first blush.
I answered her with this:
It's actually dependent on your definition of "successful".
And that's the truth. If earning enough money to buy a multi-million dollar jet is the definition of success, then the question is a challenge to answer. But that's not all that I put into my definition of success. I think success is living your life actualized. Being who you are created to be. Being fully engaged in what you know is your purpose.
Earning an extensive income is a matter of how you serve others and how comfortable they are with paying you for it. Living a successful life is far more. I can't judge whether or not he was just having a bad day, but I will say that he wouldn't let it go. He mentioned it to me again when I saw him on-board.
Here's the question for you and your life: Are you living the life you are here to live? Being about a purpose that you find to be profound makes all the difference.
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