Date Added: August 2015
Oftentimes, our job defines success in our lives. How much do we earn? What title do we have? How many people report to us? How much revenue are we responsible for? What did we accomplish this year?
While all are important because our livelihood depends on these; and we can still measure success by revenue growth and additional measures related to annual performance goals; there are other ways to measure success.
Do we consider measures related to positive impact on co-workers? Do we spend time getting to know those we work with, helping with their problems, understanding their dreams? Do we invest in caring about our co-workers?
We all know the story about Joe – the employee who works hard every day and comes in when he is sick because he is focused on succeeding at his job, succeeding for his organization, and succeeding for his family. Joe is a great team player and co-worker.
One day, Joe tells his co-workers he is not feeling well; yet, nobody cares because they are used to Joe’s great work effort every day and don’t really know much about Joe. Sadly, Joe suffers a severe heart attack and dies. In shock, his children and wife arrive. His daughter says, “Daddy, wake up. We were supposed to go to the park this weekend.”
These stories should make us reflect on what is truly important in our lives, while balancing commitment to our daily work. Our success and hard work put off other important aspects of our lives. We plan to spend more time with family, with friends, and in our community; although this time may never come.
Many people – especially men – speak of their legacy. They speak fondly of their resume and work accomplishments, and rarely mention their families, or how they have helped others. Many work hard their entire lives because they intend to “give back” once retired.
Actor James Dean said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” Plan for the future; yet, define success by things you want to do now because tomorrow may never arrive.
David Yeghiaian is committed to positively impacting the lives of others through faith, inspiration and leadership. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.