According to a Gallup poll, 97 percent of Americans believe true success is following your own interests and talents to become the best you can be at what you care about most.
I presume nearly all non-center-of-the-universers believe the same, too. This Canadian does. Since you didn’t ask, here’s what I believe true success is:
What’s your definition?
And why don’t you, I, and approximately 99.7 percent of Americans live accordingly?
Instead of madly pursuing “True Success,” we treat it like an ugly duckling at the dance. We ignore it and lose our minds fighting over the sexy seductresses of Wealth and Status. “Let me mess around with those two first, then I’ll settle down with humble True Success after,” we tell ourselves. And even if we manage to stay pure, we can’t resist ogling and fantasizing from the corner of our eyes.
What’s wrong with us?
Our monkey brains, mostly.
But it also doesn’t help that wealth, status, and sexiness are measurable. And they’re visible to others.
But imagine if, like in a Black Mirror episode, holographic scores from 1 to 100 floated above our heads on metrics like “Relationship Quality,” “Life Expectancy,” “Fulfillment Level,” and, I dunno, “Full of Shit-ness.”
Don’t you think this would shift our behavior in more success-filing directions?
It would for me.
I wouldn’t want you and everyone else to be able to see how full of sh*t I am. But I would love private access to such objective, true-success-focused metrics. It would help me find my weaknesses, push myself in the right direction, and track my progress.
Maybe one day in the not-too-distant future, gadgets like those Apple Vision goggles will make this all an (augmented) reality. Companies like Tally Health are already offering something along the lines of a life expectancy measure, which I’d love to get.
Until then, what options do we have?
One way might be to figure out how you want to measure success in life, then keep a journal subjectively tracking your progress. But if you’re as full of sh*t as I am, you’ll fudge those scores. So it’d be nice to get an outside perspective.
With that in mind, I put together a little something:
Ready to Assess Your Success?
I prepared twenty multiple-choice questions for a “Comfort Zone Assessment” that gauges how well you’re doing in the six areas that are crucial for true success in life:
- Physical Health
- Core Self (Sense of purpose, self-awareness, etc.)
- Information Diet
- Career and Finances
The assessment is crude, but it’s a start. And it’s free, I tried to make it fun and useful, and it’s only 20 questions. Give it a shot!
No way you’ll get 100 out of 100 across the board, so your results might help you identify your weaknesses, a.k.a. opportunities for being more truly successful.
After you take the assessment, if you’re unsure about your next steps or want to discuss your results, feel free to reach out to me. Your feedback will be invaluable in refining this tool to be even more beneficial for everyone.
And if you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration for pursuing true success (and maybe getting lucky with a bit of wealth and success along the way), you may enjoy these:
Free Wake-Up Call
Take the 20-question "Comfort Zone Assessment" to find out in just 3.5 minutes:
Where are you complacent?
Which area of your life most needs a push?
How to get started?
It's gimmicky and unscientific, but also quick, fun, and revealing.
PS: Surprise personalized accountability challenge afterward.
About the author
I'm Chris. Canadian, husband, dad, writer, investor, athlete, and obsessed explorer of the secrets to living a never-boring, always improving, unfollowable life story.