The title of this post is only a little bit in jest. Because the truth is, I am really stumped.
The word seems so simple sometimes, like when I’m doing something easy to define like the laundry (everything de-stunk, and none of my husband’s underwear pink) or writing a blog post (no typos, and the #@#%^ WordPress engine didn’t lock up mid-publish) or leaving my yoga class (I can unknot myself and walk out to the car without screaming. )
It seems like a simple word, doesn’t it?
Most people would say that success is to get to a goal or goals in some part of life. And that’s great for an SAT answer or a vocab test or a small, easily defined task. But in the big picture part of life, success is much harder to pin down.
For some people, success is a great career with big financial rewards. For some it’s that elusive “balance” we’re all supposedly searching for. Success could also be a happy family, good health, a fit body or a worthwhile cause advanced. And to make matters worse, the definition changes from year to year, day-to-day, (or for moms, from hour to hour!)
So what is success?
We all know we want “it” but most of us aren’t sure exactly what “it” is. That fuzziness is one of the reasons we chose the speakers and workshops we do for MomCom. Because we know that success comes in many packages.
For MomCom 2014, there are lots of versions of success on the stage.
For example, there’s Glennon Doyle Melton. This New York Times bestselling author and award-winning blogger is going to be sharing her story of success as a mom, success as a woman of faith, but most of all, success over alcoholism – and success in reclaiming her life with a joy and excitement it’s almost impossible to ignore. It’s contagious, in all the best ways. And great at helping you imagine your own version of success….and really believing it’s possible!
Another take on success will be coming from Alexa von Tobel, who was voted as “One of the Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” in Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 feature, and was named as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. And those are just a few of her accolades.
But her financial expertise is not her only claim to success. This Harvard grad was disturbed to find that most of her peers had little or no personal financial knowledge. That discovery led to the founding of LearnVest, a way for everyone and anyone to become money-savvy, whether you’re already almost there or aren’t even sure where to begin. Alexa’s success is just as much in sharing money and finance information as it is in reaching her own career dreams.
There are dozens of other versions and definitions of success we’re bringing to MomCom 2014. Hundreds, if you count all the other women you’ll meet, each with their own vision and story to share. That’s one of the coolest things about MomCom. It’s not just about someone standing up and telling you how to run your life to reach “success.” It’s about exploring and digging and listening and sharing and coming up at the end of the event with new ideas about what success might look like for you.
So where are you on the idea of success right now? What would lower case “success” look like to you? How about upper case “SUCCESS?” Tell us your story! We just might want to share it with everyone else here on the blog and at MomCom 2014!