“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success” – Albert Schweitzer
Most of us measure success along a vertical path, moving up the career ladder on the “fast track”. This line of reasoning can, and often does, lead to disappointment. In today’s world it has become the social norm – success equals upward mobility and making more money. I want to propose a different view of success. One of my favorite books is Downshifting, by Amy Saltzman. She articulates a different view of success, one which is not necessarily tied to a particular employer, profession or status in life. Success can come in many forms. The serial entrepreneur, independent contractor, artist, plumber, construction worker, janitor, stay-at-home mother – all of these endeavors can lead to success. Frequently, we allow what we do for a living to define us. There is nothing wrong with that. However, taken to an extreme it can lead to frustration. Looking to our employer, or profession for direction and answers can lead to a dead end. The inevitable restructuring and/or downsizing can change your situation overnight. Generation Y is looking for more work life balance, which is a good thing. They are sometimes referred to as Generation Me. However, what they seek is a more meaningful philosophy of life and career. We can learn from them.
Until next time…