“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
What are our metrics for success?
Are we aiming at good goals in life?
Are we failing by success?
“Huh, that’s all?” I am asking myself that question as the meeting is coming to an end. All that career is ending just in a particular 15-minute event.
“You know, at my age…this was an offer I could not refuse. Working on sustainability is very exciting!”
He was lying back in his chair as those words were bouncing in my head through my headphones.
More than 30 years of career summarized in a special event of fewer than 15 minutes. He has everything I could imagine working for a big corporation in my wildest dreams.
As I hit the exit button on my web conference window, I could feel his exit from the company in an even tidier window.
I am still trying to understand what happened to him and how his journey brought him to that point.
I am still questioning what it means to be successful and to climb the ladder of success and the price to pay for that.
The only explanation is that he was just at self-actualization in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. He feels his next move will help him reach the pyramid’s pinnacle: the Transcendence level.
I was already questioning what it meant to be successful in life. The event above confirmed what I was feeling from within.
CHAPTER 01: THE BOTTOMLESS PIT OF SUCCESS — Each of us has a variation of what we all are sold as success today.