True Success

by Tom Morris | A berkley book © 1994 · 294 pages

This is the second Note on a Tom Morris book in Volume II. As I said, he’s my favorite living philosopher. In this Note, we check out Big Ideas on the importance of embracing failure, asking the question: “How can I make my contribution?” and the fact that fame, wealth and power aren’t where it’s at. Noperz. We wanna go for Greatness of Spirit and let the rest of it flow as by-products to that noble end.

The happiest people in the world are people who love what they are doing, regardless of whether wealth, fame, power and elevated social status ever come their way. The most fulfilled people are individuals who delight in their work, whatever it might be, and strive to do it well.
Tom Morris

“The kind of success I am most interested in is the sort available to every human being living, breathing, thinking, and doing things on this earth. It does not require wealth, fame, power or high social status. It needs not involve aspiring to any of these things. But it does require making the most of what we are, for the benefit of others as well as ourselves. It means making a difference and experiencing the deep satisfaction that brings. It means using your talents and following your heart. It involves being true to yourself and being good to others.”

~ Tom Morris from True Success

Tom Morris rocks.

A former Professor at Notre Dame with a joint Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale, Tom’s one of my favorite writers and teachers.

One of the reasons I enjoy his work so much is that he’s able to blend a super enthusiastic, fun, even audacious approach to life with a perspective grounded in the practical wisdom of the ages. Makes for a magical blend. :)

In this great book, Morris outlines the seven conditions of True Success:

  1. We need a clear conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal or set of goals powerfully imagined.
  2. We need a strong confidence that we can attain our goals.
  3. We need a focused concentration on what it takes to reach our goal.
  4. We need a stubborn consistency in pursuing our vision, a determined persistence in thought and action.
  5. We need an emotional commitment to the importance of what we’re doing, and to the people with whom we’re doing it.
  6. We need a good character to guide us and keep us on a proper course.
  7. We need a capacity to enjoy the process along the way.

A chapter is dedicated to each of those conditions and the book is packed with Big Ideas, so let’s jump in! :)

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Tom Morris

One of the world's top motivators and pioneering business thinkers.