What is “success” to you?
I remember a time, not that very many years ago, when I defined success by my bank account. It was completely acceptable in my mind to blow off family and friends in favour of working on a project – I was building my business, right?
Over the past couple of years, that has begun to change. Much of the reason is the fantastic people that we have been fortunate to add to our team as JR and I first created our partnership, and then expanded the business. We all know we can count on one another, and we encourage each other to focus on the important things in life. Certainly, our noses go to the grindstone for our clients, but it’s because we care about them – not because of the bottom line.
The past few weeks epitomized what success means to me now.
When I shared with the team that my aunt was battling a very quickly-progressing cancer, they sent me out the door and promised to take care of things. The battle was shorter than any of us could have imagined, but they understood when I wanted to stay with my cousins for a bit longer, after our family had laid Aunty to rest and celebrated her life. Because the business is set up on a remote-office model, they even let me lend them a hand once in awhile to take my mind off things.
Quality people and quality time is how I now define success. And I can’t imagine a better life.
(Thank you all.)