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Success Redefined: The Jones's Don't Know Jack!

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Success . . . like it or not, is often defined in society by the material:  what we drive, where we live, what we do.  If it is our goal to pursue the OolaLife, we must first challenge many of the commonly accepted definitions of one dimensional/material success as not so subliminally injected into our subconscious by our culture and media.

We are a society seemingly obsessed with “stuff” and racing to “keep up with the Jones.”  “He Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins” . . . are you kidding me!?  Don’t get me wrong, I like some nice stuff, but the key word is “some.”  Let’s keep it in balance.  There will always be bigger, better, faster, and stronger.  We need to temper our pursuit of only “stuff”, since the pursuit of stuff is often a self-indulgent and empty journey.  Please don’t hear me saying that you need to shave your head, join a monastery, and swear off all things material.  Keep some of your toys, but kindly keep it in perspective; it is just stuff after all.  Quit racing the Jones; they don’t know Jack!  Instead, begin a race against yourself.  Use your previously misdirected energy to do better than your former self.  I once heard, “There is no nobility in proving ones superiority to another (i.e. The Jones’s). True nobility comes from improving upon your former self.”  Take baby steps of improvement and growth in ALL aspects of importance in your life.  Don’t fall in the cultural trap of being strictly one dimensional.

If you do not believe me, study anyone with accepted wisdom and you will quickly learn that true life success cannot be achieved by material trophies.  True life success seems to come from fulfillment.  Fulfillment is best explained by Southeast Asian Monks, who, I paraphrase:

 

If you look to others for fulfillment,

you will never truly be fulfilled.

If your happiness depends on money,

you will never be happy with yourself.

 

Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing

lacking, the whole world

belongs to you.

 

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Co-Author of "Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World." Why listen to the OolaGuru? Need some street cred? Believe in "show me, don't tell me?" Some highlights:
OolaFitness: Ironman
OolaFinance: Completely debt and financially free by age 40
OolaFamily: Married 20+ years to his kindergarten classmate, 4 beautiful kids
OolaField: Formally retired at age 42. Now does only what he wants only when he wants to be
OolaFaith: Yet not the man he wants to be, but grateful he is not the man he used to be
OolaFriends: Let's just say he is networked
OolaFun: Travel is his passion. 53 countries and counting . . .