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EVERY day, news releases and books cross my desk that promise success in all sorts of areas — getting a job, getting a better job, managing your employees, managing your boss, managing your relationships.

Some are interesting, some are ridiculous and many are repetitive takes on the same theme. But recently, I came across two items that, separately, talked about an issue I’ve tackled before in one of my columns — questioning what we actually mean by success.

That column, which appeared almost a year ago to the day, discussed how we shouldn’t always aim for the extraordinary, but celebrate the ordinary. It was one of my most popular articles ever.

So I was intrigued when I was told that a conference was being held on the very issue of redefining success. And, separately, that American Express had recently released a study showing that Americans were thinking of success in different ways than in the past.

Go-giver vs go-getter - that's hot.

True that.

The overarching thesis is that it is time to rethink the common wisdom of how to achieve success: sleep four hours a night, work 20 hours a day, see your family rarely and never admit the need for downtime.
It all sounds wonderful, of course, but how does this fit into our society? Many people are working harder for less money, are concerned less about spiritual wholeness than basic health care, and find it hard to carve out time for a short coffee break, let alone a nap.

Ms. Galinsky said her institute had drawn up a list of six criteria for an effective workplace:

Effective is defined as having employees who are highly engaged, satisfied and planning to remain with their organization.

The six criteria are: challenging and learning on the job, autonomy, work-life fit, support from a supervisor, a work climate of respect and trust and, of course, economic security.

“There is no one magic bullet,” she said. “We have six ingredients and none are stand-alone. It’s not just about flexibility — flexibility and a horrible boss don’t make a wonderful life.”

I wish there were more jobs that had these six things.

The new success is about being satisfied and in control of your life:

According to the Monitor report, many fewer people see owning an expensive car as a sign of success, while being satisfied and in control of your life have grown over the years.

Then again, who among us feels in control of our lives?

Whereas LEASING an expensive car is all kinds of satisfying ....

A poem, by Kurt Vonnegut:


Joe Heller  

True story, Word of Honor: 

Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer

now dead, 

and I were at a party given by a billionaire 

on Shelter Island.

I said, "Joe, how does it make you feel 

to know that our host only yesterday 

may have made more money 

than your novel 'Catch-22' 

has earned in its entire history?" 

And Joe said, "I've got something he can never have." 

And I said, "What on earth could that be, Joe?" 

And Joe said, "The knowledge that I've got enough." 

Not bad! Rest in peace!"


--Kurt Vonnegut

The New Yorker, May 16th, 2005

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