Learning to Create My Own Definitions (For HuffPost)


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending an event to hear Arianna Huffington speak about her new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. By this point, I had read many of her articles (including this favorite) and had seen a number of her interviews, so I was very familiar with her third metric concept. Nevertheless, it was great to see her in person and listen to her advice on unplugging, reconnecting with ourselves and moving beyond society’s current view of success as having money and power.

After the event, I sent a note to Arianna Huffington and was later asked to write about how I am redefining success in my life. The result? This Huffington Post blog: Learning to Create My Own Definitions. In writing this, I wanted to share how I, and many of my peers, have seen that the old measurements and paths to “success” are not working as well as they used to, so it’s up to us to figure out what we value and how we’re going to get there.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

“To start, I have first acknowledged that determining what my own definitions will look like is not something I can schedule into my calendar and have completed in a day. It would be convenient if I could set aside a lunch hour, sit back and say, “OK, definition of success: Go,” and it’s all figured out by the time I need to get back to work. Rather, I know it’s a process that begins with my values.”

And here’s the rest.