future of Success
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference:
Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16, 1011 HB Amsterdam [Next
language is English.
by our Moderator
Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round
and the speakers:
Open Circles Academy:
In the last couple of decades success became the
ultimate goal. In the 1980's that meant a mad rush to gain power, prestige
and financial wealth. But despite this focus on individual success, the
millennium closed with a general sense of discontent, as if our collective
spirits were crying out, "Is this all there is?
If this is success, why don't I feel more fulfilled, more alive, more
We are starving
for something more, something beyond success as we move into the future.
We no longer want to simply make a living; we want to make a difference
- to make contributions that extend well beyond ourselves. We desperately
want our children to inherit a much better world than our parents left
Yet, despite a growing hunger for hope, possibility and belief in our
own potential - we encounter a daily reality filled with anxiety, aggression
In this evening I would like to challenge some of our deeply ingrained
cultural beliefs that subtly and constantly reinforce our fears while
taking away our power. The most important is our belief about success
Although we give sometimes lip service to the importance of participation,
effort, and improvement in defining success - deep down, most people still
evaluate their success by external measures (such as "what people
think of me" or "did I reach my goals").
As long as we believe, even slightly, that success is determined externally,
we open the door for a paralyzing fear of failure. We place ourselves
at the effect rather than at the cause of our experience.
In our society we have set things up so that very few people win while
everyone else "loses". As long as this definition of success
and failure remains dominant in our culture - blame, conflict, irresponsibility
and victim mentality will flourish. But when we change this foundational
belief at a root level, we will gain back our power as creators.
Managing Partner, ITIM International:
The Meaning of Success in Different Cultures
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