Success and Still Enjoying Your 'Happy Place'

July 14, 2014 5:04 PM

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Success and Still Enjoying Your 'Happy Place'

Flying from Los Angeles to Hawaii for my 30th high school reunion at Punahou School was a great time to reflect on life since graduation and really internalize what success means to me today. Weeks before the reunion, I had been named one of 2014's Most Powerful & Influential Women in California by the National Diversity Council and voted one of the top 50 Sales and Marketing Influencers. It was wonderful to be recognized for the hard work I had been doing over the years, but what was even more amazing was the overwhelming congratulations I continue to receive from friends and family. In my 20s and 30s success for me was so tightly aligned to my work, the title I had and the money I was making that I didn't take time to really appreciate the true successes I had in my life.

So what was so different about success for me today? It was really crystallized for me when a friend I have known since I was 13 years old sent me a note of congratulations after one of my awards and said: "All of this and you're still the local girl sitting at the snack bar at the Outrigger Canoe C...

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