True success comes from helping others achieve success.

Always has. Always will.

A long, long time ago—long before Gearbox Magazine was a thing, before I’d even thought about actually pursuing work-life parallel—I decided on a personal credo. (I’ve never liked the word “credo”, but three sentences seems a bit short for a manifesto, ya know?)

  • True success comes from helping others achieve success.
  • A difference is the only thing worth making.
  • Work-life parallel > work-life balance.

I’ve been publishing these (almost) dailies for nearly a year and a half, now. And with #nlgs18 up and running, I feel like it’s a good time to revisit the old credo and do a little more public thinking on what I’ve been about for the last decade—and see how it’s evolved.

Starting with my definition of success.

Right or wrong. Good or evil. True success always comes from helping others achieve success.

Think about success for a moment. What does it look like to you? Money, power, freedom?

No matter the outcome, it’s all built on helping others achieve success. Take anyone you can think of right now who embodies your vision of success. Look beyond the money, power, perks, or fame. Ask yourself who they’ve helped succeed.

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world. He makes US$11M—per hour. And the company he started will get you damn near anything you need—car parts included—delivered to your door. Today. That’s helping you succeed.

LeBron James is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time—much to the chagrin of the poor people of Cleveland. Great or not, basketball is a team sport. The more he helps his team succeed, the more success he enjoys himself.

True success comes from helping others achieve success.

Put in a less-than-altruistic way, the more people you help succeed—with whatever they’re trying to do—the more people there will be who think highly of you—and think of you when exciting opportunities come up that will move you closer to your own success.

They say business exists to make a profit. But they also say the first step to launching a business is solving a problem—for others. So I say business exists to make a difference—but let’s save that for tomorrow.

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