by Kathie England

Redefining Success

How do you define success? What if there were a third metric?

In her recent commencement address to Smith College, Arianna Huffington challenged graduates to explore a new definition of success rather than buy into society’s definition as money and power. She proposed that we need a third metic that includes a definition based on “well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back.”

Huffington stated that the current definition of success isn’t really working for anyone – whether it’s women, men, or polar bears. She explained that the only folks this current definition works for are those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure.

The new definition of success will include deciding what things you want to put energy into and what things you don’t. (This perspective meshes perfectly with the next Making Time for Success call on Thursday, June 27 titled Take Back Your Time – How a STOP DOING list can help you take back your time. See the Events page on this website for details.)

Huffington invited graduates to not just take their place at the top of the world, but to change the world and lead the third women’s revolution. If we don’t redefine success, the personal price we pay will get higher and higher. She urged them to change the world and the definition of success by going to the root of what’s wrong and redefining what we value.

I invite you to read the entire speech by following this link:

I invite you to join the call on June 27.

I invite you to begin your own redefinition of success by exploring where you really WANT to put your time and energy and where you don’t.

What’s holding you back?