If you think about it, there are many ways to answer the what is success question. For instance, true success is:
- More than fame, fortune, position, and power, but often these elements accompany true success.
- More than achievements and accomplishments, but true success is unlikely to occur without these things.
- More than arriving, it’s also the journey.
(You can find out more about how I answer the what is success question by reading How To Be Successful.)
While we talk a lot here about what it takes to experience true success in our personal and professional lives, I want to focus on an area we don’t discuss too often. I recently watched a video I made with my kids several years ago. It reminded me how important it is for us as parents to answer the what is success question for our families.
The reason? True success often starts at home!
When we experience true success in our families, the likelihood of experiencing true success in our personal and professional lives goes up dramatically. Even more, the likelihood of our spouse and children experiencing success in their own lives significantly increases as well.
Yet many parents start with a false premise regarding family success. Many believe a successful family is built on the “big” things parents do. Big vacations. Big gifts. Big expenditures. While big things are important, what Kathy and I have discovered is it’s the “little” things that matter most. This is why I often answer the what is success question with one of my favorite sayings: BIG is Little and Little is BIG!
You can read more about BIG is Little and Little is BIG if you’d like. But before you do, take a look at how LITTLE family traditions can bring about the BIG success of a deep and meaningful family life.
Question: What is success for your family? How would you define it and what LITTLE things do you consistently do that create the BIG success of a deep and meaningful family life?