Hi, I’m Jason Richardson.
I’ve never had a book on the NYT bestseller list, and I’ve never been mentioned by a major news publication. But I have had some extraordinary experiences in my life thus far:
- I’ve managed a factory that manufacturers armored vehicles (complete with bullet-proof glass and ballistic steel)
- I’ve had products featured on the Ellen Show and the Rachel Ray show
- I’ve completed several triathlons, including a 1/2 Ironman
- I’ve helped a company go from $0 – $1 million in a single year
- I speak both Spanish and Portuguese (and some version of English)
- I play the guitar and the piano
- I have a faith that fuels me to dream more, learn more, do more, and ultimately become more every single day
- And most importantly, I married the girl of my dreams and together we have 3 beautiful kids, all under the age of 4 (want to come babysit for us?)
Now I don’t share this list to boast, because there are plenty of other people with lists that trump mine. I only share it to show what success looks like to me.
You see, success doesn’t just apply to my career or net worth. I’ve come to find out that when I have a balance of success stories across the different areas of my life, that’s what brings true happiness and fulfillment. As Zig Ziglar put it, “You can’t be considered truly successful if your home is in shambles.”
I didn’t always have a crystal clear understanding about success though. I never took Success 101 at college. Did you?
The truth is, no one does (not that I’m aware of). If you went to business school like I did, you probably spent your day studying the lives of some of the most “successful” people in the world.
Here’s the paradox though: there’s more than one way to measure success. If a company did $100 million in revenue, was it successful? From the outside, you’d probably say yes. But what if that same company had a loss of $10 million at the end of the year? Would it still be considered successful?
The same questions can be applied to people. If you Google “The World’s Most Successful People“, you’ll get a long list of articles quoting from people with significant net worth. I find this humorous and sad at the same time. Since when did Success only refer to money?
The pursuit of success has destroyed more friendships, more marriages, and sadly more integrity than anything else. I think it’s time we all took a course on Success and decided once and for all what success looks like for us as individuals and as families.
If you haven’t spent the time to define what success looks like for you, you’re in the right place. Here you will receive the tools, insights, and resources you need to create a definition that will serve as a real life dashboard for your life.
If you have, let me be the first to congratulate you on living an intentional life! I sincerely admire and respect people who have taken ownership of their life and have a clear vision of where they’re at and where they’re going. We’d love to learn from you, so please contribute your insights and experiences. We all need them.
I can promise one thing: if you don’t define success for yourself, you will end up chasing the world’s definition, which will leave you unsatisfied, unhealthy, and ultimately unhappy. History is littered with people who “had it all” but underneath the mask of wealth were miserable.
Pursuing success in a balanced way has filled my life with direction, fulfillment, and excitement, and I know it can do the same for you.
To your success,