Straight line

When you look at success narrowly, you are pretty much stuck on a single, straight line.

It might be that achieving prestige, power, wealth is indeed your definition of success. That making as much money as possible is what drives you, what makes you feel good, your purpose in life.

But it might as well be that this version does not work for you. Actually, that is most likely. And so, what is the measure of a successful life? When you will look back at an older age, what will you see? What will you remember? What will move you to tears? Is that the next deal you are putting so much effort on? Is that the next 1,000 MQLs? Is that the role you crave to be promoted to?

Again, it might.

The problem though is that most of us are in the game just because somebody else told them that is what matters. And so we walk on the line, so desperately focused that when we stumble, we do not realize there are other lines close by to hang on to.

Life should not be miserable.

There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?

Warren Buffett

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