A provocative quote from Rob Parsons

“I remember somebody saying to me around that time, ‘What’s the secret of your success?’ I mumbled some trite answer about hard work and being in the right place at the right time… Since those days I have met many ‘successful’ men and women and it seems to me that we use the wrong word in describing them. We should not talk of ‘success’ but rather ask, ‘What is the secret of your achievement?’

Many of these people have little peace in their lives. Their bodies are cracking up, they have frequent headaches, get ill on holiday and find an increasing irritability in dealing with others. They don’t sleep well and tranquillizers have become a way of life. They have little time for family. Put like this, the answer to the question, ‘What is the secret of your achievement?”’ may be: ‘I have achieved these things at the cost of my health and by putting things that matter most to me on the back burner for twenty years or so. That’s how I’ve done it.”

– Rob Parsons, The Heart of Success