You Don't Have to Be a Success

April 8, 2015 10:39 PM

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I've finally reached the point where I've given up being a "success." Shocking huh? For most of us that statement sounds scandalous because we've been conditioned to think that our happiness and fulfillment demands it. Yet it is very possible that success is just another one of those things that many of us waste much of our lives pursuing, without being fully aware of what it really means. And like Lily Tomlin says, "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." With that in mind, maybe it's time to stop striving for success at anything -- except for being the best "me" each of us can be.

My questions about success started when I heard an interview with an entrepreneurial hedge fund manager, book author and speaker I'll call Alex. In the interview, Alex began by sharing that he was taking three months off from his extremely busy life to spend time in Aspen writing a book. While he an...

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