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March Tech News

This is my 30,000-foot look at events in the Tech industry for March 2020. What you see here is a précis of the monthly report I produce, which will be available in more detail at the News section of the Eagle website, where you will also find back issues.

A Little History of March in previous years …

Five years ago in March 2015 HP paid $3 billion for Aruba Networks; Lexmark paid $1 billion for customer management software company Kofax; eCommerce company Rakuten paid $410 million for ebook marketplace Overdrive; Cheetah Mobile paid $58 million for mobile ad network MobPartner; TeraGo Networks paid $33 million for cloud provider RackForce; IBM bought natural language and image processing company AlchemyAPI; and in the cable TV world Charter Communications paid $10.4 billion for Bright House Networks.

March 2016 saw the $3 billion sale of Dell Services to NTT, a direct result of Dell’s IBM logorestructuring following the recent purchase of EMC. IBM was out bolstering its services business with a couple of acquisitions; the first was Optevia, a UK-based integrator focused on Microsoft Dynamics; and the second was Bluewolf Group, a global Salesforce consulting partner. Montreal-based Yellow Pages picked up Toronto-based Juice Mobile, primarily for its mobile marketing capability. Another Toronto company, Influitive, raised some cash ($8.2 million) and bought a couple of mobile app companies, Ironark Software and Triggerfox; and Netsuite bought IOity solutions, a cloud-based manufacturing software company.

Three years ago, in March 2017, Intel bought Israeli computer vision company, Mobileye, Amazon Web Servicesfor a hefty $15.3 billion. HPE bought storage solution provider, Nimble, for $1 billion. Amazon Web Services, a public cloud infrastructure provider, acquired Thinkbox Software, a company that provides software for managing media rendering workloads. Mozilla acquired Pocket, a startup that developed an app for saving articles and other content.

In March 2018 there was a significant amount of M&A activity.  The deal of the month saw Salesforce logoSalesforce pay $6.5 billion for cloud integration company Mulesoft.  Plantronics paid $2 billion for unified communications company Polycom; and Amazon paid $1 billion for smart home company Ring.  Other deals saw eBay shell out $700 million for the commerce platform Qoo10; Cognizant buy Bolder Healthcare Solutions; HPE Aruba buy Cape Networks; VMWare buy security company, E8; and Deloitte pick up API Talent in New Zealand.  It is also nice to see Avaya buying Spoken Communications after leaving Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Last year in March 2019, the big deal of the month saw Nvidia shell out $6.9 billion for data centre solutions vendor, Mellanox.  F5 Networks paid $670 million for up and coming competitor NGINX; and Juniper Networks paid $40 million for AI startup Mist Systems.  Some other deals this month were Apple’s acquisition of machine learning startup LaserLike; Veritas’ acquisition of analytics company Aptare; Mastercard bought security company Ethoca; and Spotify added to its podcast capability with the purchase of Parcast.  Other companies in the news included Lyft, which was the first of several high-profile tech companies with planned IPOs in 2019; SAP who announced a major round of layoffs and SAS who joined the growing number of companies investing big in AI, announcing a $1billion investment.

Which brings us back to the present …

In March 2020, the big news is all about the impact around the world of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The economic and employment fallout have been dramatic, and there is significant uncertainty about how quickly people can get back to work.  So the messages for the period are stay home, wash your hands and don’t touch your face!  Stay safe people!

There was some M&A activity worthy of mention, including the $34.9 billion bid for HP, and HP logosubsequent withdrawal by Xerox.  No doubt that will resurface at some point in the future!  Veritas Capital is buying DXC’s Health and Human Services business for $5 billion; Private Equity firm Hellman & Friedman is paying $1.15 billion for software security testing  company Checkmarx; Palo Alto Networks is buying CloudGenix  for $420 million; and Accenture is paying $139 million for security consulting company, Context Information Security.  Other deals saw Watchguard buy Panda Security and NetApp buy Talon Software.

In the wake of so many layoffs there are bright spots around the world as some companies are staffing up.  A couple of notable announcements include Amazon, who announced they would be hiring an additional 100,000 people and increasing wages for their hourly workers; and Walmart who announced they would hire 150,000 people.

That is it for my monthly look at what was happening in the technology space over the last month, compared to the same month in previous years.  I’ll be back in about a month’s time, until then … walk fast and smile!

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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International Day of Pink – April 8, 2020

Day of PinkTomorrow Eagle is encouraging all of our staff to wear pink in support of the International Day of Pink.

We will be wearing T-shirts, ties, socks, hairbands — whatever pink items that we have!

I have my pink shirt and socks set aside!

The International Day of Pink

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

There are always things that we can do to improve our world and our community … this is just one more small thing.  Show your support, it is how society evolves.

Kevin Dee is the founder  of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Take Action to Improve

You are Responsible for youWe are all responsible for our own destiny.

Yes … some people have a lot more hurdles to overcome than others.  Those hurdles might include medical, environmental, mental or any other kind of challenge.

“Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life.  Then work like mad to make sure you get it.”  Hector Crawford


We all have some innate talents.

We all have the ability to improve our talents.

We can all work hard.

We can all choose to adopt a positive attitude.

We can all work through adversity and get stronger.

We can all bring our “A” game every day.

We can all make choices that will improve our lives.

We can all decide that there are no excuses … we WILL achieve our goals.

We can all “suck it up”, accept some pain and discomfort to reach a worthwhile target.

We can all set some goals and put a plan in place to get there.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right!”  Henry Ford

We just have to choose to do it … and apply the self discipline to follow through.

Choose to be a better you.  I don’t know anyone who couldn’t improve something in their lives.

“Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”  Jim Rohn

It doesn’t matter how old you are.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have.

It doesn’t matter how much success you have enjoyed to date … or not.

Everyone can be a better version of themselves … all it takes is a choice, and then the will to make that choice real!

“its not about how badly you want it!  Its about how hard you are going to work to get it!”

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Five Things Anyone Can Do Now To Improve Their Life

Quote The only person you are destined to become Ralph Waldo EmersonYou have heard many times that you are the architect of your own destiny, but do you actually do anything about that?

People tell you that you can choose to be happy … but do you believe them?

Here are just five things (almost) anyone can do to improve their life.

1.  Cultivate a positive attitude.  Your attitude is generally totally within your control.  Most of us can choose to focus on the good in our lives or not.

Your action item:  Start a list of every little thing in your life that is good.  You can use this list every day to start your day off positively; you can use it whenever you are feeling a little low, to help pick you up; and you can add to it every time you think of something else to be thankful for.

2.  Commit to your job.  Whatever your job is, commit to being the best you can possibly be at that job.  There is a great feeling of satisfaction from doing a job well, and it opens other doors!

Your action item:  Decide what that “master of your job” looks like, and become that person.

3.  Invest in yourself.

Your action item.  Decide what skill you can upgrade, and do what you need to do in order to upgrade that skill.  Whether it involves classes, reading books, night school … just make it happen.

4.  Improve your health & fitness.

Your action item:  Decide on one area of your health and fitness to improve, put a plan in place and execute on that plan.  It might mean finally dropping a couple of pounds, or getting a little more exercise.  It might mean joining a team or getting a personal trainer.  Focus on just one thing and you can make it happen.

5.  Give.  If there is one thing guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself,  it is by helping others.

Your action item:  Pick some cause, any cause … and get involved.  Donate some time, donate some money and make a difference.

Once you get started on this path to improvement the possibilities are endless.  Just start!

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”  George Eliot

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Will YOU Reach Your 2016 Goals?

2016 GoalsThere are two things that you can do to increase your chances of reaching your 2016 goals.

1.  Consciously work on your willpower, and I wrote about that not too long ago in my blog entry called The Power in Willpower.

2.  The second thing, and arguably the most important, is to have a plan.  When I say a plan I mean something more than a vague notion of how you are going to reach your goal, it needs to be a set of concrete steps that get you where you are going.

Given that I already talked about willpower just a couple of months ago and you can read that entry here, let’s talk about The Plan.

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Zig Ziglar 

Here are 3 examples ranging from “the hope and a prayer method”, through the “loosey goosey” method to the actual plan method of reaching your goals.
Let’s suggest that you have a goal of losing 15lbs in the next two months (which is remarkably similar to one of my goals.

The “Hope and a Prayer” crowd will say I am going to lose 15ibs in the next couple of months.  The expectation being that because it has been said then magically they will amend their behaviors such that it will happen.

The “Loosey Goosey” crowd will say, I am going to lose 15lbs in the next 2 months.  I’m going to do it by reducing my intake, and exercising more.   There will be a vague notion of cutting out sweets, and maybe renewing the gym membership that lapsed last February.  While the intention is good, and the 60,000 foot plan is not all bad … it is too easy to “slip” with this plan.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Jim Rohn 

A real plan will have some detail that means you need to actually think through what will work for you.  I already work out 5 or 6 times a week, so this routine will work for me.  YOU would need to have something appropriate for your current level of fitness.  If it has been a while then check in with your doctor first and consider getting a personal trainer … they will keep you motivated!   My plan might look like this:

1.  I am going to lose 15lb in the next two months, which is a goal of almost 2lb a week … which will take a big effort.  So, I KNOW I need to change a bunch of things.

2.  I am going to reach the goal by reducing my calorific intake, eating better foods and increasing exercise.

3.  Alcohol.  I will not have any alcohol until I reach my goal.  For many people that would be either a strong motivator, or the kiss of death to the weight loss program!  (Better to be honest with yourself).

4.  Food strategy.  If this is TOO radical it becomes a big barrier to success.  It should also be something that is somewhat sustainable.

  • No sweets.
  • I will reduce starches, and increase vegetables.
  • I will only have healthy snacks, fruit etc.
  • I will track my calories in MyFitnessPal.
  • I won’t have seconds, finish off my partner’s meals or fill up the plate just because there is food there.

5.  Exercise strategy.  Again, this needs to be reasonable or it just won’t be sustainable long enough to reach the goal, never mind as a lifestyle change to maintain the weight loss.

  • I already do cardio most mornings, so I will increase the intensity of those workouts (increase incline and resistance on the elliptical).  I will also add another 10 minutes to the morning workouts.
  • I will add an evening workout 3 or 4 times a week.  This will include a weight circuit at least twice a week.  I will do 4 or 5 exercises for 15 reps each, and do 3 sets.  It should take no more than 20 minutes.
  • Once a week I will supplement my morning cardio with a high intensity workout.   Maybe 20 minutes cardio and 20 minutes high intensity workout. This could be a boxing workout involving the heavy bag and speed bag; it could be doing stairs or the skipping rope, or it could be mini circuits.

The level of detail in the plan means that it is hard for me to hide from myself.

“Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.”  Andy Andrews

Tracking progress on a daily basis using an app like MyFitnessPal is another good way to keep you focused.

Having a third party hold you accountable for staying on track can be very effective too.  It could involve having a personal trainer; a work out buddy; a diet buddy; a personal challenge with a friend; or a simple as asking others to keep you honest!

While the focus of this article has been on one specific goal, a weight loss goal, this same thinking applies to any goal … personal or professional.  Set a goal, create a plan … and don’t subscribe to the “Hope and a Prayer” or the “Loosey Goosey” methodologies!

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”  Pablo Picasso

Good luck with your 2016 goals!

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Make Next Year a Great Year

Goals quote from Jim RohnI know … you get tired of hearing about GOALS!

You don’t want to face the effort of making a plan that you feel you can’t control or that has little chance of success.

I used to think that way too.

Once I had my mind changed for me, what I found was that (a) it really doesn’t need to be a complicated process; and (b) as strange as this sounds, it doesn’t matter whether you meet your goals or not!  It is the process of setting them up and developing a plan, which you execute against, that will actually make a difference.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” Earl Nightingale

Yes things change, and so will your goals and your plans.  BUT by having a plan you will be taking action towards success.  Focus on the things you CAN control.

The following is a 3-step process that I use, which could help you to get started in setting some goals that would help you make the most of the upcoming year.

Step 1.  Decide what is important to you.  I have a few categories that I use ..

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”   Charles C. Noble

  • Health and Fitness
  • Hobbies/Vacations/Pastimes
  • Career
  • Relationships (personal and professional)
  • Training/Education

Step 2.  Take into account your experiences this last year related to your categories.  Then set at least ONE goal in each category.  It is most important that you see some success so don’t be tempted to have too many goals, but if you think you can manage it then set more than one goal.  Here are some examples …

Under health and fitness you might want to lose 5lb by March; you might want to add weights into your workout routine at least twice a week; you might plan to reduce coffee consumption to 2 per day. Etc.

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”  Brian Tracy

Under Hobbies/Vacation/Pastimes you might want to give some thought about where you would like to vacation this year.  It could be to enjoy the cottage at least 12 weekends, or plan a weekend getaway without the kids; or take a 2 week vacation somewhere exotic (assuming travel is happening) etc.

Under Career you might set a goal of mastering certain aspects of your current role by the Fall; having a career planning meeting with your boss or HR; or developing a training plan to advance your career.

The goals that you pick need to be achievable and within your control.  This way you will see progress and as you do progress you can always add more goals or increase the “intensity”.

Step 3.  Plan into your calendar a monthly review.  At that review you will check your progress against each goal and will create action items to address them … which will go onto your “to do” list (of course you have a “to do” list!).

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” Scott Reed

This is a very basic, easily managed approach to goal setting.  You can obviously get much more complicated and sophisticated, but this works and the most important thing is to start somewhere.

There are lots of resources out there to help you set some goals … here is one about Writing Down Your Goals.

Try it … this time next year you can be sitting and reviewing how you did in all of those categories and planning to go to the next level for the following year!

Good luck!

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Evaluate YOUR Year

Life is like a roller coasterCan you believe that the year is almost over?

Some people reading this will be happy about that, it has definitely been a tough year for many … the oil sector comes to mind!

For others this will have been a good year.

How do you evaluate whether it was good or bad?  Is it a subjective evaluation or do you have quantitative measures, such as goals that you set for yourself?

There will have been forces beyond your control … but there will have been many opportunities for you to influence your year.  If you focus on the things you can control, you have the best chance of achieving any goals you may have.

This time of year is a good time to look back and ask yourself some questions that will set you up for success next year!  Given that everyone is different, you will need to customise your questions to fit your world, but here are some of things you might want to consider.

1.  Career

“Invest in yourself.  Your career is the engine of your wealth.”  Paul Clitheroe

  • Is your career progressing the way you would like?
  • Are you getting experience that is building your capabilities?
  • What did you do for your career this past year?
  • Did you have any career goals this year?  Did you meet them?

2.  Relationships …  (Personal and professional).

“Relationships can be built only if you invest time in people.”  Katie Kacvinsky

  • How would you rate the important relationships in your life?
  • Do you have enough relationships in your life?
  • What did you do this year to add to/improve the relationships in your life?
  • Do you have any regrets regarding this year and your relationships … and was there something you could have done about those regrets?
  • What could you do next year to improve things?

3.  Health and Fitness.

“The healthier you are the better you will perform.  Value your health and fitness.  There is always time to make time.”  Brooke Griffin

  • Are you happy with your general wellness?
  • Are you heavier or less fit than when you started the year?
  • Did you have a fitness plan?
  • Did you have a general check-up this year?
  • Set some goals and make a plan for next year!

4.  Hobbies and Pastimes.

“If you neglect to charge a battery it dies.  And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water  you lose momentum to finish the race.”  Oprah Winfrey

  • Do you have activities that you enjoy away from work?
  • Did they get enough attention this year?
  • Are there activities you would like to pursue?
  • What could you do better/different next year?

5.  Learning.

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”  Brian Herbert

  • What did you do to improve your knowledge this year?
  • Did you have objectives, and were they met?
  • What areas are you focused on?   Industry knowledge, job specific knowledge, general knowledge, etc?

Taking stock of this last year might take you more than one sitting, but the effort will be worth it.  You don’t need to have all of the answers, but if you have SOME issues identified then you can start to address them and make a plan for next year.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  George Eliot

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
Want to know where Canada’s hot jobs are?   Visit the Eagle Job Board!
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Life is Easier if You are Fit

Quote about importance of exerciseThe world today is a complicated place.

Stress levels are high.

It is high paced, competitive and demanding.

People live longer than they ever have,

Our standard of living is generally higher than at any other time in history.

We travel more, eat better and enjoy more luxuries than previously.

Yet in order to enjoy the benefits AND to cope with the stresses we need to look after ourselves.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.“  John F. Kennedy

It is tough to run a business if you don’t have good health and lots of stamina!  Likewise if you have any kind of senior role.

People who are healthy and fit (I’m not necessarily talking athletic levels of fitness) can cope better, operate better and enjoy life better than those who are dealing with health problems.

Some health problems we can’t control … and we do our best with those.

However there are things we can control and generally through diet and exercise.

If you want to TRULY enjoy your life then start TODAY.

“Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes will affect half of Americans in the next eight years at a projected cost of $3.3 trillion.”  Dr. Dean Ornish (2012)

#1. Moderate your diet … some thoughts:

  • If you weigh 120lbs and marry someone who weighs 200lbs AND you eat the same meals you will both eventually weigh the same, and it won’t likely be at the low end. Think about that!
  • You don’t need to eliminate “bad foods” … you just need them to be a very small part of your diet.
  • Sugar is the enemy.
  • Portion control is your friend.
  • Balance your meals.
  • Track everything you eat and track your weight. This is a great tool to show you where you can improve.
  • Don’t try to change too much at once.
  • Moderate the alcoholic intake … you don’t need wine with every meal, or that second bottle!
  • If you are severely overweight get your doctor’s help.

#2.  Get some exercise … some thoughts:

“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  Edward Stanley

  • Time is often cited as the biggest reason people don’t exercise. Make it a priority.  Substitute it for other activities … take 20 minutes of your lunch hour, take 20 minutes of your TV watching, take 20 minutes and eat breakfast at your desk.  (Wow an hour of exercise just like that).
  • Weight bearing exercise is extremely beneficial for people of all ages, both men and women. It won’t build huge muscles (unless you REALLY work at it).  It doesn’t need to be huge weights.  Get some advice!
  • You don’t need to break a sweat(although that would be a good thing), you do need to exert yourself. Walk briskly.  Walk up and down some stairs.
  • Find reasons to walk rather than ride. Don’t take the elevator, walk to the shops, get off the commuter train a stop early, have walking meetings etc!
  • Plan your travel to stay in hotels with a gym. Take exercise gear.  Use a skipping rope.
  • Get as much sleep as possible.
  • The wearable trackers can be great motivators (eg Fitbit step counters allow you to compete with yourself or with others).
  • Ease into a routine … just make it a priority.

We can take our health for granted until we have a problem.  I don’t think there is anything more important than our health and yet so many people choose not to do the little things that can make such a difference over time.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn

What will you do?  Will you just let yourself deteriorate year after year … or will you do something about it?

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Dealing With Tough Situations

Obstacles and accomplishment by Booker WashingtonEvents will happen in all of our lives … but it is our reaction to those events that will determine how they affect us.

It is easier in the business context to keep things in perspective, but the same principles can apply in our personal lives too.

One business example might be losing a key client, which is a big deal … it stings, it affects financial performance, it affects people’s incomes and it might even affect people’s jobs.  That is no small matter, but if we allow that “event” to send us into a tailspin we will only hurt ourselves more.  We need to apply logic to the situation and downplay the emotions.

Some years ago we lost a big client, and it was a big deal.  The immediate reaction was disbelief, then anger, which quickly morphed into concern for the company’s well being.  Emotions are a fact of life, and we are all prone to getting emotional to varying degrees.  As CEO my job was to get past the emotion as quickly as possible, and start to assess the impact, learn some lessons from the situation and develop a plan to move forward and keep everyone focused on the many positive aspects of our business.

We drank champagne to celebrate the departure of a client that was significantly demanding and who regularly had caused us indigestion and got down to plotting the next steps for our company.  It wasn’t the “end of the world”, we grew from the experience and life was good.

Happiness quote from Ekhart TolleWe all have situations that we need to deal with, so here is my advice … whether it is a business problem or a personal problem.  Here are 10 tips based on my own life experiences:

1.  Deal with your problems, don’t hope they go away.

2.  Small things can seem bigger than they actually are because your brain blows them out of proportion, especially if you “brood” rather than talk.  Talk!  Truly understand the “problem”.  Talk it out with those involved.

3.  Don’t let emotions govern your actions.  Yes, get mad.  Yes, get sad.  BUT make sure anything you do is based on facts, and a thoughtful review of the situation.  Talk … and talk some more.

4.  Lean on your friends and mentors.

5.  Balance the negative impact of this situation with all the positives in your life.  You should have a list somewhere of all the things that make you smile, all the things in your life for which you are grateful.  Review it often!

6.  Try to avoid the negative influencers in your life.  The last thing you need is someone “winding you up” about the situation.  What you really need is people that are level headed, willing to offer balanced advice and who will not inflame your emotions.

7.  Try to distract yourself so that you are not thinking about the problem 24/7.  A classic example is a marital problem, perhaps even a divorce.  Try to keep your work as a place that you can forget (as much as possible) about your woes at home.  By focusing on doing a great job you can give your mind a rest from its worries.

8.  Try to associate with as many positive, “glass half full” people as possible.  A positive attitude is contagious.

9.  When you truly understand all aspects of your “problem”, and have the emotions “under control” take time to think through all of the possible solutions, or next steps.  Get help with this.

10.  Sometimes we need to talk to professionals to get things in perspective.  Everybody has an opinion, and they are not always helpful.  A trained professional will provide balanced and unbiased advice.

Life is short … don’t get consumed by the tough situations and certainly don’t waste your life worrying about the things that might happen.  Choose to focus on the good, to deal with issues and to be happy!

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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What Does Success Look like to You?

Mark Twain quote about success and disappointmentSociety talks about success all the time … and for many people that might be the old “American Dream”.  Having a good job, a nice house, 2.5 kids and decent health, with perhaps the family dog and a white picket fence … or the 21st century equivalent.

I think it is also fair to say that success is a somewhat foggy concept for many people, who live their lives day to day hoping that “things will work out”.

The reality is that we are all different, and success might look different to each of us, so it is important to understand what that looks like.

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”  Tony Hsieh

I also think that many people accept other’s ideas about what success should be.  Their parents, their peers and others around them influence what success should look like.

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.” Anonymous

Here are my thoughts on success …

  1. As I already mentioned, success is personal and should be specific to the individual.
  2. Success embraces all areas of your life, so it is possible to achieve success in one part of your life at the expense of another, and if you are OK with that, then that is your call.
  3. If you don’t have some kind of goals then it is difficult to know if you have achieved success.
  4. If it is important to you that others recognize your success, then you need that success to be in line with their vision of success.   The opposite applies too, if you don’t care what others think then your success goals are somewhat simplified.
  5. No level of success comes without effort.
  6. I try to achieve goals (success) in my professional life, with my health, with my relationships and in non-work activities.  If I am “successful” in my career aspirations but it costs me my health then I don’t value that “success” very highly.
  7. If I am healthy, have strong relationships, achieve my personal goals AND have career success then THAT is how I would define success.
  8. To achieve MY type of success I need to know what success looks like …  what “healthy” looks like; what relationships are important to me and what a strong relationship looks like; what those personal goals are, and what “career success” looks like.
  9. It is possible to be very successful in the eyes of others … but not feel that way.  And vice versa!  Sometimes we feel different than others perceive!
  10. Very often your views on success move, as you achieve more.  That is a good thing!

“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”  Vaibhav Shah

Do you know what success looks like … for you?

Are you successful?

Are you heading in the right direction?

Do you make a difference?
Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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