It’s not the notches on the belt that matter or the t-shirts collected from past experiences. What counts is how the notches got there and how the t-shirts were won. Accomplishments in and of themselves are meaningless and never worth chasing. The simple goal of achieving will leave an empty whole in the lives of those who strive for such accolades.
It is the path, missteps along the way, the people you meet and the lessons learned that matter. Resting your self-worth on accomplishments will leave you thirsting for more and more accomplishments that may not even materialize. Instead, yearn for mistakes and disaster for that is where true joy is found. Lastly, such mishaps are what truly makes up the big accomplishments of the great people who have gone before us.
-Justin A. Burger, MBA