I want the money, Money and the cars, Cars and the clothes,  I just wanna be, Successful.

I want the money, Money and the cars, Cars and the clothes,  I just wanna be, Successful.

Thought for a Hard Knock Leader 

On that paper chase for success we loose ourselves a little & forget about what exactly we are chasing. A common thought pops up "I just want to be successful." Success however carries more of a complicated definition that differs on what we individually place our significance on.   

Perhaps the question should be a discussion two ideologies encompassing individual wealth versus collective value. If I dig a little deeper, the question I would like to pose is whether we are chasing success or significance?

There are a some interwoven complexities that arise from our own moral understanding of the question. These complexities are dependant on our expectations whether we seek success to give us more significance through the accumulation of wealth or whether our measure for success is more dependant on the significance of our accomplishments that have created value for others. 

Conceptualizing the Thought

The thought that is being posed here was best summarized in a the conclusion from an article I recently read on Forbes providing insights on how business can lift people out of poverty. 

"Instead of admiring people who have money, what if we looked up to those who create value? Let's redefine billionaire to mean someone who has improved one billion lives"

The example given illustrates that Social Innovation can build a bridge to redefine success as contribution towards a greater good. Here business is used as a tool to fight poverty and success moved to significance. 

Yes there is hope for the world and it does not only begin with the actions of others. So the question now is how would you start building a model that would help lift others out of poverty? 

Not an easy question to answer is it? Well maybe some reflection tim may help!

The Challenge to Start Thinking More

An additional thought that the article also puts into perspective one of the largest groups that is often underrepresented and usually forgotten. These are the individuals that make nearly one thirds of humanity, earning under two dollars a day. 

My assumption is if your reading this right now the reality could very well be that two dollars does not go further than getting some freshly brewed coffee at your own local cafe (I'm writing this just as I spent a little more than that to get some freshly brewed fair traded organic coffee). While the arguments arise that our North American lifestyle does not allow for to survive under such conditions, I ask you to reflect a little on how you would deal with those circumstances.

If by any chance, you do believe otherwise or are interested in understanding what it is like to live under such conditions then why not put our money where our mouth is: 

Can you survive below the poverty line? Take the challenge!

Can you survive below the poverty line? Take the challenge!

I CHALLENGE you to live below the line, so that others can RISE above it! 

Take the "Live Below The Line" Challenge, an initiative from the Global Poverty Project. This campaign has been changing the way people think about poverty by challenging every people to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for 5 days. 

With the though of moving from success to significance and this challenge that Calls 2 Action, I hope that we can add some significance to the way we grind and think about that paper chase. 


The idea moving from success to significance is part of larger journey taken from the last Hard Knock Leadership workshop I built for a student run leadership summit, which covered aspects of community and selflessness.  

How would you move from success to significance? #Success2Significance 

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