the new success

“To ask, “What’s best for me” is finite thinking. To ask, “What’s best for us” is infinite thinking.”  -Simon Sinek

In the era of Greta and #metoo we need a new success.

Instead of cooperation and collaboration, let’s embrace interconnectedness and reciprocity.

Instead of skills we need for jobs, let’s focus on skills we need to thrive as fully actualized human beings.

Let’s stop competing to be the most successful and instead, figure out what conditions will allow all to experience their own success.

Let’s embrace each child as full and complete.

In the era of fake news, complexity, and uncertainty, let’s be 100% certain about what really matters.

Instead of creating checklists of skills, let’s check with the children in our care: what gifts do they bring?; what are their hopes and dreams?

Instead of defining success for them, let’s ask them what it means to be successful and support them on their way.

Let’s stop offering simple solutions to complex problems and being surprised when they fail.

Let’s embrace our uncertainty about the future. And be okay with it. Failure isn’t an inability to predict the future. Failure is the inability to accept that you can’t possibly predict it. 

In an era of limited resources and environment, let’s spend time, significant time, determining how to use the resources we have, to advantage all.

Instead of sacrificing limited resources in the name of success, let’s define success by how we use these finite resources.

Instead of viewing success as a ladder we must climb, let’s see it as a way to add more rungs.

Let’s stop throwing resources at trendy projects for short term wins and instead fund projects that aren’t about winning or losing, but are about including all.

Let’s embrace that no success comes without failure and all failures help to define our successes.

It’s time for a new success.