On Track For True Success

by Rich Miller · 0 comments

What Is Your Definition of Success?

Have you asked yourself what is your true meaning of success and did your path lead to your ideal lifestyle that you had dreamed? I’m not talking about how much money you spent in education, Suits or the newest gadget. Did you go off course and end up going in a different direction than you had envisioned? If so what did it cost you in your relationships, health and network of friends? How many times have you called home and tell your spouse that you had to work late, or go to a dinner meeting because it was for the benefit of your career? How many times have you walked into the house, only to sit in front of your computer to knock out a project that you could not accomplish during normal work hours? The bottom line is; Do you control your time and have the balance in your life that you wanted and mapped out?

Success; Finally I Made It

After my last employer went out of business, I landed a Job as a project manager for a big software implementation and I was working like a beast to keep on schedule. At the time I thought I was doing pretty well for myself; making good money and had some good company perks. In the middle of the project as a reward for all my hard work, I received a bonus to go to the Porsche High Performance Driving School in Birmingham Alabama all expenses paid. Not only was this really cool but I was able to take along my Son who was 15yrs old at the time. Now you have to admit it was a pretty cool deal, I was going to drive some of the best made $100K +performance cars in the world for two days and it did not cost me a penny! The other bonus that weekend was the fact that we were able to hang out with some very influential people that had found success in their life! I just knew I was going to make some great connections and learn a ton that weekend, but what I did not expect that it was going to be one of the most impactful life changing weekends of my life.

Opportunity to See Success In Action

On the first day we did some classroom time and then we were assigned to our driving groups, three drivers and one instructor. Once we hit the track area we had down time throughout the day to meet and talk with the rest of the drivers that were not on the course. We met a lot of very successful people on the paddock that day including one guy that was there with his son and brother, cool I thought; we had something in common. The two brothers were successful home developers out of Colorado and had decided they needed a break from their business. On the track we ran in groups, some of us faster than others (It’s a pretty cool feeling when you lap someone). I noticed my new buddy was always lagging in his driving group, as a matter of fact he was the slowest driver on the track and he was always on the phone with his company; lawyer etc when he was not in the car. Not only was he driving horribly, he was having a miserable time. His brother and Son just stood in the background and watched and waited for him, but his attention was only focused on his cell phone and his business. For the two days at the track this cycle repeated itself over and over again. I thought to myself; was that cost of true success?

Not My Definition of Success

At dinner the first night I noticed that my new buddy was missing from the room, late to dinner “what a surprise”. Although we had an amazing day on the track, the conversations at each table were about my new buddy. Now remember most of the people at the school were very successful business owners and a good many were self made millionaires. Everyone was talking about how sad it was to see his brother and son standing and waiting in the background for his attention, the fact that he could not leave his business for 48hrs with no contact.
One of the guys sitting at my table looked over to me and my son and said that if you cannot leave your job or business for a few days, you failed somewhere along the way building your business or really need to make a change in your career. At that point it hit me; I could easily have been that guy if I did not make some changes in my life and get back on track. Can you walk away from your job or business for two days without managing it from a distance? Are you so busy sacrificing valuable time from your family that you’re so far off track from your original plan of what success meant to you? It’s not too late for you to get back on course and change your future it’s totally your decision. Change does not come easily and not overnight, but with the right plan and small incremental changes you change your future and get back on track and find true success!

See you At the Top!

Success

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