Updated: Apr 29
Success! The big pie in the sky! We all dream of what we’ll do when we finally get our big break. Everybody has a different idea of what success will look like for them. Maybe you dream of being a rockstar, a successful entrepreneur, a baseball player, or CEO of a company. Whatever your idea of success is, I bet it has one common theme.
When you look at the role of money in your life in the big picture as it relates to all your cores, it’s actually only ½ of 1/5th (1/10th) of the big equation coming from the career & finance core. Yet it’s the go-to for people to describe what it means to be a success. Everybody wants to “Live The American dream.” which doesn’t say anything about a healthy mindset, relationships, physical health, and emotional health & Giving Back (your four other cores).
But subconsciously, what drives you to want money? Why do you want the cars, houses, and lifestyles of the rich and famous? What are you hoping it will do for you? If you really think about it, the answer is simple. “It will make me happy.” When you’re swimming around in your piles of gold like Scrooge McDuck, you’ll have a gold coin for every ounce of giddiness you feel.
At the end of the day, the definition of success you’re really, truly dreaming about is happiness. I’m not here to tell you money is the root of all evil. I’ve made money. Lots of it. And it took making that money to see that it’s one piece of the puzzle, just one part of the equation as mentioned above. Yes, your financial success is important. But to TRULY be your happiest and best self requires firing on ALL cylinders - becoming an entrepreneur of your life, not just your career and finances.
Make running the business of your life the most important business you run, or you’ll get in trouble.
We see it all the time in celebrities, especially young ones that hit it big before they’ve had a chance to develop their other cores (I’m looking at you, Biebs). They’ve got money and four other empty holes to fill with drugs and alcohol because they’re miserable without them. Dream of success, but know that what you’re really dreaming about is a life full of happiness so that you’re prepared for it when it comes.
This weekend, I received a huge honor at my Alma Mater, Rollins College. I was the inaugural recipient of their new Career Champion In Residence Award. The award will celebrate a Rollins graduate each year for not only achieving career success but also for using their success to give back and do good in the world.
My day on campus was filled with various panels and activities to help out students looking for direction as they enter into the real world without having their hand held for the first time. At the end of the day, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on how important it is to nurture and balance
ALL of their cores, not just the career & finance one. It felt so great to be able to share some of the huge failures and mistakes I’ve made, and the lessons I’ve learned to become bigger, better, faster, stronger over the years.
Giving back replenishes my emotional core and makes me feel fulfilled. It’s why I’ve devoted so much of my life to Moore Momentum and trying to make this world a better place for all of us. Having the opportunity to help guide people into a balanced, happy life and leaving the world a better place for having been in it is what it means to truly be successful. In return, it propels me forward and drives me to do even more, so I’ll never quit leveling up.
This week’s tip
Redefine your success. Think past the money and plan out on paper what your life would be like in each core if you were firing on all cylinders. Download this worksheet to help you get started, putting the top 5 attributes/habits you’d like to see yourself attain in each! Pin it up somewhere that you’ll see it every day to keep your momentum going in each.
*Note: for more detail on what each of the cores stands for, click here.
*Note 2: the app that will be coming out mid-year will help you do this as well, but this will get you moving in the right direction in the meantime :)