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How Do You Measure Success?

Isn’t that the million-dollar question? What makes us successful? How do WE feel that we have gotten there?

Just the other day I got an email from someone I met over 15 years ago when he worked at one of the top cellular operators in the world, where he had quite a high position until just a few weeks ago. Throughout the years I tried to get him to help me get some work from that company, maybe hoping that the fact that we were originally from the same country or that he knew of the solid reputation of our company back home would be a motivator, but he really never was that supportive or went the extra mile. He was very busy and had other priorities. I understand. We all been there.

So, when I got his email sharing with me that after spending all those years at this particular company he was out and wanted to see if he could send me his resume in case I knew of any opportunities that could be a good fit for him, I said to myself…hmmm..interesting. As I was updating his contact info, I noticed that while I had his work email and work phone on record, throughout the years he had never shared his personal email or his cell phone. Until now. Now of course it is important to HIM that you can reach him at any time. Before it might have been important to you, but not to him.

Unfortunately, we are letting our titles and the company logo in our business card define who we are, and that means that we are often showing up in the world in a self-serving way.

Unfortunately, our Humanity is getting lost in the process. People forget to put themselves in the other’s shoes.

Those that know me, know that I will still try to help anyway, although I have to admit that doing it for someone that never cared to do it for you, takes tapping into being your better “self”. At the end is about who I AM, and how I measure my own success. I can totally see that the more successful you are, the higher you are on the corporate ladder, the more people want something from you, and it can become overwhelming. Unfortunately, our Humanity is getting lost in the process. People forget to put themselves in the other’s shoes. Empathy is really almost non-existent. And yet, is not surprising to see that some of the most successful leaders in the world are actually quite available to others.

Seth Godin and Tami Simon both said yes to being on my podcast without knowing me and as a result of an email I sent them. They both could have ignored it but both said that they could sense something authentic about the way I asked them, and said yes instead. Others have said no, but in such a dignified way that it was inspiring anyway. So, sorry, but I don’t buy the “I’m too busy excuse’ that many of us provide when we don’t move a finger to help others. You don’t do it because you don’t want to. Just own up to it. That’s also ok.

To me, success is being the same person and acting the same way, no matter what business card I have. Recognizing that today I might be in a position of power and tomorrow I might not. Helping others not only because I will get something out of it, but especially because I won’t. To me being successful is about having impact and passion in everything I do, and yes, taking care of all aspects of ME. Family, health (physical and mental), spending time with friends, etc how much I get to do of that is part of how I measure my success. Having a well-balanced life and the flexibility to do the things I want to do.

There’s only one life, and the stakes of getting it “right” are just too high to be left to chance. So, I think it is worth looking into when was the last time you gave some deep thought to the way you are measuring your own success?

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Leticia Latino
Leticia Latinohttps://www.leticialatino.com/
With over 20 years of experience in the Telecom Industry Leticia Latino went from working for Merrill Lynch and Telecom Giant Nortel Networks to accepting the challenge of extending the legacy of establishing her family business in the US back in 2002. Neptuno Group was originally founded by her father in 1972 in South America where they helped deploy some of the first Cellular Networks in the region and where they have built over 10,000 Towers. Leticia is a recipient of the Women in IoT award by Connected Magazine, Revolutionary CEOs by Aspioneer, and one of the 30 most influential Leaders in Tech by Insight Success. She currently serves as a full member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Development Advisory Committee (BDAC) and as the Chair of the Job Skills and Training Working Group. ​In addition, Leticia is a published author and a contributor in a broad variety of blogs, and her book “Women in Business Leading the Way” became an Amazon #1 Best Seller. She’s also a public speaker, mentor to young women, and a big advocate of nurturing “Human Connections” through her Back2Basics Podcast.

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3 CONVERSATIONS

  1. I absolutely agree with you.
    Today the measurement has extended to other metrics that are even more ephemeral than those of the past. Success is when one can show others that he/she has it. This is the opinion of many of those who pursue the idea of separating themselves from the crowd, to demonstrate to themselves and to others that they are better, happier and with greater possibilities.
    After going through several stages of my working life, I realized that success is an intimate thing. Continuously externalizing it is a sign of the insecurity of a condition that has not been able to realize the dream of a desired fulfillment.
    I have helped many people, especially young people, precisely having in mind what I had to go through to grow and reach the goals I had set for myself.
    So, I believe that one is successful when he/she feels, intimately, you can do something for others.

  2. Leticia, what a great share! I love this right here: “To me being successful is about having impact and passion in everything I do, and yes, taking care of all aspects of ME. Family, health (physical and mental), spending time with friends, etc how much I get to do of that is part of how I measure my success. Having a well-balanced life and the flexibility to do the things I want to do.” May we continue to share these teachings for future generations = Bravo!

  3. Hi Leticia. I’ve just finished reading your article, and I found that it resonated on so many levels. To me, the important issue, as you stated, is how to hold your ideal behaviour, while at the same time not hanging out a sign that reads, “please use me.” I admit that I still can struggle with the issue; but given my desire to live from–and as–my authentic Self, I often ask myself a question that I heard Rupert Spira (a teacher of non duality) mention on one of his presentations: “On whose behalf am I acting?”
    Sincere thanks to you and Dennis for sharing this article.

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