What success looks like

My friends and I often discuss success and work and life in our down time.

I’m known to work myself into a frothy lather about such topics, as the journey to where I am now has been full of lessons and mistakes and insights and trials.

A common reaction I’m noticing these days is one that reflects an assumption of what my standards are for others. That is, it’s assumed that I think everyone should quit their jobs, start a business, and maximize capital at all costs.

Not true.

I don’t care what success looks like for my friends, so long as what they’re doing:

  1. Brings them joy
  2. Brings no harm to others
  3. Challenges them

If you want to be a barista at Starbucks, go for it.

If you want to paint pictures of flowers in Central Park, make haste to do so.

If you want to travel the world walking on your hands, get to hand-standing.

I don’t care what you do, just do your best at whatever it is.

I’m your biggest fan.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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