Today is a wonderful sunny day with clear skies. It is also my last working day as an employee. The day started like any other day – until I realized that something is different: today will be the day of saying goodbye to many people who I used to see almost every day for many years. I will also say goodbye to a number of problems that I could not solve over the years – and to a monthly salary slip, too…
Consequently, I am looking at what I might be losing that the old job helped to provide: a car together with a driver, a small but luxury apartment in one of Bangkok’s preferred areas, and the ability to buy almost anything I wanted. And of course I am truly grateful for being so privileged and having harvested the fruits of the hard work of the last 20 years.
But there was one thing the job and the money I made could not provide: happiness!
Yesterday I talked to my marketing coach, and he mentioned that it was exactly one year ago for him to be in the same situation, and to quit his job in the corporate world. He told me that he is still not making the same money he was making in his old job. But he said he is more happy now.
Some people wonder if I will be successful with my own business. I KNOW I will be successful. Because I am following my passion: helping people. I help individuals to make the necessary changes in their lives. And I help organizations to achieve their goals in a sustainable manner by focusing on their people and their strenghts.
For many people the definition of success is about money, a house, a fancy car, and an impressive title on the business card.
My definition of success is making the most of every day during the very limited time we are given on this earth. I want to enjoy life and have the feeling I contribute to making this world a little better by what I am doing, and I want to die with minimum regrets. I cannot fail.
How do you define success? And what are you doing to be able to look back one day to a “successful” life?
If you don’t know yet, wouldn’t it be worth spending some thoughts on that?
“The world will ask you who you are,
and if you do not know,
the world will tell you.”
–Carl Gustav Jung