On mornings when I pull myself out of bed to run, when I remember to take out the trash, rewash last night’s laundry for the second time, get my four kids to school without a yelling match, and make it to my first appointment of the day at 8:30 am without wet hair – I consider it a success.
Defining success is personal. My success vs. your success are and should be two different things. The question is, are you letting other people define it for you?
Culturally, in my opinion, we have a lot of skewed views when it comes to defining a “successful business.”
The most common question I get asked is, “Well, how many employees do you have?” Some people are genuinely curious about Eleanor and others are trying to measure the success of it. From the beginning, I’ve chosen to not measure my company’s success by the number of employees I have. I’ve always said, I would rather have a talented and well paid team than a crew of 20 interns working for next to nothing.
Two of my highest values are quality of work for my clients and quality of life for my employees. I want our clients to know that experienced and talented professionals are working on their projects everyday. As for my employees, I want them to know that their quality of life is my priority. Whether they are a new mom, a single mom, a forty-something kick-ass designer, I care about their salary, their benefits, their work-life balance, and their happiness at work.
The longer you let others define your success the more it will stifle you. Let it go, like the Disney song, or whatever. Take time to think about what success means to you. Then go after it.
–Christine Weeks is the CEO at Eleanor Creative. She rarely writes blog posts, so today is your lucky day.