04 Nov This 1 Question Will Reveal If You’re Truly Successful
via Inc.com by Jessica Stillman
Tim Ferriss is a very successful guy by just about any conventional standard. Since the release of his massive bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek 13 years ago, Ferriss has amassed a fortune, released four other successful books, started a popular podcast, invested in numerous startups, and generally come to be regarded as one of the smartest voices on personal excellence around.
But there’s one definition of success Ferriss didn’t manage to attain: his own.
In a revealing interview with GQ recently, the productivity guru explained that for years after his breakout book he was actually chasing the wrong goals. It’s only recently he defined — and started to achieve — true success.
“Successful” but still miserable
Each book he has written, Ferriss explains to interviewer Clay Skipper, is aimed at maximizing output in a particular area.
With The 4-Hour Workweek, “the objective was to provide a toolkit for maximizing per-hour output,” he says. “4-Hour Body was providing a toolkit for physical optimization and body recomposition. 4-Hour Chef was a toolkit for accelerated learning. Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors combine all of those, plus the toolkit of psycho-emotional health.”
But despite writing all those books, Ferriss noticed that while he was richer, smarter, and fitter, he wasn’t appreciably happier. “I found myself, after checking a lot of those boxes, still suffering,” he admits. And he’s not alone. “I know centi-millionaires and billionaires who are utterly miserable,” he adds.
With this realization, Ferriss began a years-long journey to quiet his inner demons and learn to live comfortably in his own skin. Fame and fortune are nice, but peace of mind, he realized, is the true definition of success.
“It doesn’t matter how much money you have, doesn’t matter how effective or efficient you are. It doesn’t matter what types of fancy toys you collect. It doesn’t matter how hot your significant other is, if your inner world–your internal monologue or dialogue–is that of anger or despair or frustration or sadness the majority of the time,” he explains.
Without peace of mind, what’s the point of a million- or billion-dollar net worth? Without loving yourself, how can you love anyone else? (A truth RuPaul famously understands as well.) Success without self-acceptance isn’t success at all…
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