A Balanced 3S approach to life applies at any age

#3S applies to everyone.

The idea to write this post came from a Twitter interaction with Robert Caruso (@fondalo).

3S stands for Success, Significance and Satisfaction. And if you don’t strive for achieving balance when you are young, your life is going to be much harder to balance at a later stage.

Here are a few quotes from Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, in 2014. Their quotes are in answering the question about what advice they’d give to their younger selves.

Isn’t it surprising how relevant these pieces of wisdom are at any age, whether a person is 20,40, 60, 80 or anything in between?

Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest was no. 37 on the Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list.

Alexa Von Tobel

Alexa Von Tobel

“Get up, dress up, show up. I think of it as my motto—get up with the energy to tackle every day, dress the part, and show up with your best A+ attitude.”

Nick Woodman, Founder and CEO of GoPro came at no. 12 on Fortune’s list.

Nick Woodman

Nick Woodman

“It was the same advice that I gave myself when I was 20, which is, “…any time you have a difficult decision, imagine yourself as a 90-year-old looking back at this moment. What decision would you wish that you would have made? Go forward and look backward.”

Michael Patterson, Partner, Highbridge Principal Strategies was no. 38 on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list.

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson

“Construct your own definition of success, don’t let the world do it for you. Just because someone puts a carrot in front of you doesn’t mean you have to chase after it.”

Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO of Walker & Co. was no. 35 on the 40 Under 40 list.

Tristan Walker

Tristan Walker

His advice to his younger self is: “Keep up that relentless determination but couple that with some faith. You’ll find that you spend less time managing your anxiety and fears and more time getting things done.”

See how they are telling their younger selves to balance ambition, success and hold on to their values at the same time.

Whatever your age, if you adopt 3S as your approach to life, you cannot go wrong.

Wishing you a 3S life!


About rcullen2015

I am an author, attorney, mediator and Professor of Law at the Santa Clara University. My first book was 'The Leading Lawyer, a Guide to Practicing Law and Leadership'. Now I am working on a book about 3S: Success, Significance and Satisfaction for the 50+ crowd.
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