How Do You Spell Success?
Rebecca Coates Nee
A great live shot? A top 20 anchor job? A six-figure salary?
An entry level job in TV? A happy family? The freedom to go
on a month-long vacation?
Success means different things to each of us. Even the dictionaries
give varying definitions:
success (n) The achievement of something desired, planned,
or attempted .
The gaining of fame or prosperity. (American Heritage Dictionary)
success (n) That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue,
or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or
bad; the outcome of effort. (Webster's)
When I ask my clients what success ultimately would look like
to them, most are stumped by the question. They know what
success might mean a year from now, but not five or ten years
Most of us compartmentalize success. We believe we're successful
if we gain fame or prosperity, even if it means having the
personal life of Bridget Jones. We take great pains to map
out our strategy for professional success while leaving our
relationships up to fate. We put success in terms of dollar
signs but not in the quality of our entire life.
A popular definition of success at Coach University goes for
a more comprehensive approach: Success is having an extra
supply, or reserve, of time, energy, love, money and space.
Imagine if you had more money than you needed AND more of
all the above - time, energy, love and space. You'd have great
relationships, good health and freedom to move at a pace that
How many of you can even picture that type of success? The
best-selling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki,
says most people aren't successful because they fall into
one of life's biggest traps: "They work very hard, for
little money, clinging to the illusion of job security, looking
forward to a three-week vacation each year and a skimpy pension
after forty-five years of work."
The rich, writes Kiyosaki, don't work for money - they have
money work for them. They do this not by working for others,
but by working for themselves. Kiyosaki believes the only
true assets we have are not our paychecks but interest and
dividends on well-invested money and royalties on intellectual
Most broadcasters are financial illiterates. I'm not sure
why, maybe it's because we didn't go into the business for
the money. But even if you do manage to pull in a good salary
for a few years, you need to understand how temporary that
Most of us spend what we earn and then are left with nothing
but debt so we're forced to keep earning and earning even
more. Kiyosaki says to be truly rich, we should work to learn
and then be able to sell what we've learned in the marketplace.
We don't even need a high income to be rich, he writes. "Money
comes and goes, but if you have the education about how money
works, you gain power over it and can begin building wealth."
Take some time to learn about money and then put together
your own definition of success - for ALL the areas of your
life. For more information on Kiyosaki's books, go to www.richdad.com.