Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: What does success look like?

We have conducted several 50-second interviews with our thinkers. Here are their collected answers to one specific question: What does success look like?


[testimonial author=”Whitney Johnson” image=””]Paraphrasing Samuel Johnson, The ultimate result of all ambition is to be happy at home.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Tammy Erickson” image=”×2001.jpg”]The opportunity to do another interesting thing, to learn something more, to be useful in new ways.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Rachel Botsman” image=””]Creating thinking that has real impact in the world across countries, classes and fields.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Vlatka Hlupic” image=””]Success is measured by the number of lives that one’s ideas have touched and made a positive difference.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Gianpiero Petriglieri” image=””]
Achieving your goals. Living up to your values.
Loving, being loved, and knowing it. Being able to experience freedom and intimacy at the same time, at least sometimes. A few positive surprises along the way. Dealing with the impossibility of having all of the above, all the time, with dignity and integrity.


[testimonial author=”Alf Rehn” image=””]Success is freedom, freedom is success. It doesn’t matter how rich or famous you become, if that’s just another thing keeping you tied down to things.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Enrique Dans” image=””]I’m working hard to find out.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Dave Ulrich” image=”×300-e1440268792159-200×200.jpg”]A lot of people judge success by creating value for themselves. I try to judge success by creating value for others. And also remembering to charge my cell phone at night, do my 10,000 steps a day, and remember what city I am in when I wake up in the morning.

[testimonial author=”Lee Newman” image=”×300.jpg”]Having the opportunity to work hard to see ones ideas come to fruition, and being able to manage that opportunity so as to spend time with family and friends.[/testimonial]

[testimonial author=”Peter Fisk” image=””]Success looks like a better world. Which means making real, practical differences to real people’s lives, in small and big ways. Revenues, profits and shareholder value just show that you are doing this in a way that people want, are prepared to pay for, and creates the money to invest in a better future.


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