Some people say that the key to success is having a clear vision and working that vision. Others would say that it is creating a thriving team, one that is aligned with your vision. It could also be said that success comes from luck, timing or who you know. There are many opinions on that.
Obtaining success first starts with defining what success is to you. Once you have a clear picture of what the completed puzzle of success looks like, you can start putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Let’s take a look at some successful businesses and see what is there for them. Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos believes that profit comes from the connection to passion and purpose. Hsieh says, just after Amazon acquired them, that at Zappos, "we had collectively come up with our own set of ten core values. Those values bonded us together, and were an important part of the path that led us to this moment. Looking over the crowd, I realized that every person took a different path to get here, but our paths somehow all managed to intersect with one another here and now."
The mission at Zappo’s also speaks to a key to success. Their mission is to deliver happiness to the ends of the earth: one company, one employee, one individual at a time. Be an ambassador of happiness and help get the word out! This speaks to Hseih’s definition of success, as well as the team that he has aligned around a common vision of success.
What is your definition of success? If you do not know your definition, take some time to figure it out. Then ask some of your key employees what their definition is. If you are not on the same page, then it is time to make the shifts that will allow you to be on the same page so that your key to success opens your front door with ease.
Wendy Watkins, PCC, Chief Grower of PassionFruit Creative People Growers, is a seasoned business leader and coach with over 18 years of experience in the salon and spa industry. She specializes in unique programs and keynotes that have helped scores of creative entrepreneurs. Visit www.PassionFruitPeople.com for more inspiring tools and information, or check out her new blog to raise your Joy Factor today.