I just gave a full-day leadership seminar attended by managers and top executives of companies like American Express, Infosys, The Gap and Dell. One of the ideas that many of the people in the room told me was most helpful was my “8 Forms of Success” model that I’ve been sharing with our corporate clients over the past year.
In my mind, success isn’t just about making money. There are actually 8 elements that you want to make sure are at world-class levels before you call yourself a winner. Let me identify them:
#1: Inner Success. This includes a positive mindset, high-self respect, internal peace and a strong spiritual connection.
#2: Physical Success. Your health is your wealth. What’s the point of getting to a great place in your career if you get sick doing it? Why be the richest person in the graveyard?
#3. Family Success. When your family life is happy, you will perform better at work. No one gets to the end of their lives and regrets making their family a top priority.
#4. Career Success. Actualizing your highest potential by reaching for your best in your career is incredibily important. Getting to greatness in your profession brings a feeling of satisfaction on a job well done.
#5. Economic Success. Money is important. Makes life easier and better. Money allows you to live in a nice home. Take beautiful vacations and provide well for those you love.
#6. Community Success. Human beings have a psychological need for connection and belonging. A rich network of mentors, interesting thinkers and valued friends just makes life better.
#7. Adventure Success. To be fulfilled, each of us needs mystery in our lives. Challenge is necessary for happiness. The human brain craves novelty. And we are creative beings so we need to be creating constantly if we hope to feel joy. Lots of adventure (ranging from meeting new people to visiting new places) is an essential element of success.
#8. Impact Success. Perhaps the deepest longing of the human heart is to live for something greater than itself. Each of us craves to be significant. To make a difference. To know that the world has somehow been better because we have walked the planet.
I invite you to focus on each of these 8 elements if you want to experience authentic success. Money alone does not define success. There are many rich people who are unhappy and therefore unsuccessful as human beings. By focusing on elevating all 8 of these areas to world-class levels, you will not only shine ever so brightly for all those around you – you will also find contentment that lasts.