Many people over the ages have had their own measure for what success is–from things like age at which a level is achieved to what kind of car they drive. People all over the world have their own measure of success or lack there of. I t is not fun to feel unsuccessful and I have meet individuals that tailor their own meaning of success in order to feel successful in their current situation. The question that has always come to mind for me is whether happiness or success in more important. I have meet people that I would call successful yet were unhappy.
Look at celebrities. Most of the world would think that “A” list celebrities have it made–they have money and fame. I mean come on–what more can they ask for? However, we often hear these successful seeming people complain about that fame that everyone else seems to crave. Amanda Ernst posted an article a few years back on Crushable about 10 stars that complain about the very success that made them a star. If success does not make you happy then what does?
In reading an article by Hashim Warren for the Career Green Light blog about measuring success in the entertainment industry Hashim talks about his old way of measuring success and his new way and the reason for his change in thinking. The old method looked at the following four factors:
• The Companies Brand
• The Coolness of the Project
• Number of People impacted by the work
• The Fame of the celebrities worked with
After reading the article I wondered what these four factors in his of method of measuring success had to really do with success. Let’s start with the company. What does it matter to my success if I work for a big or small company or even how successful that company is? If I am not good at my job then I am not successful in it. Each of these four criteria are focused on what others think or see and have nothing to do with the actual results of the work preformed and therefore have no bearing on the success of the individual.
In the article, Hashim also talked about happiness and it being your own fault. He said “I don’t ask my job to make me happy. That’s my responsibility. I don’t ask my job to give me a purpose. That’s on me, too.” It is up to ourselves to decided to be happy or not. If you are not happy you are the only one that can change that.
So if happiness is not the measure of success, then what is? Hashim’s new way to measure success is simple and comes down to Success = Money. Some might think this cold. Some might not be paid what they are truly worth so their success cannot be tangibly measured. It does not matter if you like his measure of success or not–the simple fact is companies are in it to make money and we get jobs to do the same. So if the bottom line is money, then that is the best way to measure success. So if you have a job or are in business the question becomes are you making money and are some of your peers making more? Also you can always do better than yesterday so keep driving your business forward and make more money and achieve greater success. I know I will.
“10 Celebrities Who Complain About Fame”, Amanda Ernst posted June 1, 2010 on Crushable (http://www.crushable.com/2010/06/01/entertainment/10-celebrities-who-have-complained-about-fame/)
Amanda Ernst http://www.crushable.com/author/amanda/
“The Surprising Way To Measure Your Success in the Entertainment Industry”, Hashim Warren posted on Career Green Light Blog (http://careergreenlight.com/money-and-success)