Are You Measuring Success The Wrong Way?
- Reveals the dangers hiding behind financial success.
- How to re-think your definition of success to create more happiness in your life.
Last weekend I enjoyed a 12 mile hike through mountain trails with a good friend.
The day was gorgeous, the scenery beautiful, and the conversation stimulating.
After our hike, my friend told me an amazing story about the unlikely tragedy surrounding his company's buy-out for more than $100 million dollars.
What's amazing is how a successful buy-out could be a tragedy.
After all, it's every entrepreneurs dream.
These four leaders who drove this company from feeble beginnings into a $100 million dollar pay-day should have enjoyed every minute of it.
It sounds like a classic rags-to-riches story – the American dream come true – except there are some important details you're missing…
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For example, the company founder worked non-stop, ridiculous hours and wore himself into the ground ignoring multiple health warnings.
He ended up with a massive stroke at age 50, killing off a major portion of his brain and functionality. He now has difficulty walking, and can barely enjoy the fruits of his success.
The CFO died within a year of selling the company (also at a prematurely early age).
The third main executive ended up divorced with multiple health problems.
Only my friend (the fourth executive) managed to maintain his health, marriage, and sanity through the process of building the business.
The moral of the story is that's no way to succeed.
It may be a cliche, but when you have your health, you have everything.
Living life in balance while pursuing financial gain is an essential part of the formula for true success.
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The founder of the company received $80 million, but I doubt anyone reading this post would swap their health for that money if it meant also having a stroke and becoming partially brain-dead.
The bottom line is don't make the same mistake and sacrifice your health for success.
Don't miss your kids growing up or ignore your spouse.
And don't stop living at least one important dream every year. Money isn't worth it.
As John Lennon wisely pointed out, “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.”
You can't come back to the stuff that truly matters “someday” because eventually, you'll run out of “somedays”.
Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.– John Lennon
Success is much more than money. Freedom is more than financial.
You must pursue financial success with balance or risk everything you worked for in the process.
Here's the shocking reality… Those men became financially rich, but they lost everything.
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