How Do You Measure Yourself: Success vs Value

Recently on a pod cast the speaker quoted Albert Einstein “ Try not to become a man of success but, rather become a man of value,” and this has played over and over in my mind the last few days.  Most my life has been about success when in reality what I dream of is to be of value and to have significance while being successful.  Years ago when I was working long hours and filling my time with work hours instead of ‘anything other then work’ I found that I worried more, felt worn out and daily could feel my light within diminishing. I was not of much value to myself or anyone else. When I found time to stop and get quiet I heard a sweet, soft voice whisper, “Be true to yourself.  Write more, express more, be adventurous and above all love more.”

Can success, significance, and value all work together?  Oprah Winfrey said, “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”  To me success has a greater meaning when it is tied to what really sparks in you that which makes you most want to live.

Somewhere along the way it has became fashionable to work more hours and stay late at the office. Many of our TV shows make it seem like life is at the job: be with your co-workers, stay late then go have a drink at the trendy watering hole on your way home…with your co-workers.  The accepted norm is to be at the office longer as a way to prove our value. The irony is summed up in Parkinson’s law,  “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.   If we take Parkinson’s Law to heart what we really have is a focus and organization problem not lack of time.

Clancy Clark had this to say, ’Being significant means living an unselfish life that puts others ahead of self. The result is a legacy defined by the number of lives impacted, rather than the size of a bank account. Fame and fortune don’t define success.  Even in the dictionary, “significance” precedes “success.”  I wonder how much better the world would be if more people focused on leaving a legacy of significance”.

Financial success is important too; after all, money is our method of exchange for goods and it measure our economic abundance.  So to have both Success and Value is important but at the end of this life, significance will outlast success as it will carry forth our legacy, it keeps on giving, and it satisfies the soul.  What is your legacy?

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