Nalu it, Planning, and Success

Spent my peaceful, quiet Sunday morning in the throes of my Weekly Review, flavored with a blog-reading break or two, home-brewed café latté in hand, and I am feeling ready to take on the world in the coming week. As productivity goes, there are few things more satisfying for me than planning in the right degree. That is, planning enough to feel together and decently organized, but without going overboard into analysis paralysis and pretty-but-not-actionable organization.

Nalu it and Planning

More thoughts on “Nalu it” (go with the flow) our ho‘ohana this month:
Unless you are one of those people able to be completely happy with allowing heaps of happenstance into the character of your life (not me), even when you “Nalu it” there’s planning involved.

Planning comes into play if you want to optimize your windows of opportunity.

Tony D. Clark is absolutely right when he says,

“The final ingredient, and the one that ties them all together, is planning. You won’t know where you’re going, or if you’ve gotten there, without a map.”

Tony had Your Planning as the fourth ingredient in his Key Ingredients That Will (Almost) Guarantee Your Success, along with Your Passion, Your Gifts, and Your Value. Good stuff.

Read: Are You Living for the Weekend?

And then Read: Key Ingredients That Will (Almost) Guarantee Your Success

Success from the Nest

Tony writes Success from the Nest. Those of you who have always thought about working from home or taking that big leap toward self-employment should add Tony’s blog to your subscriptions:

“This site is geared toward parents who want to work from home so that they have more time for their family. It’s a place to help you discover work that’s meaningful, that utilizes your unique talents and genius, and that is in line with your values, personality, and view of the world.”

In fact, you should read what Tony has to say if you have any desire to groom your own entrepreneurial mindset at all— something I feel pretty strongly that we all need to do, whether self-employed or working intentionally for someone else.

I discovered Tony’s wonderful and very artistic blog when he generously introduced his readers to JJLN. In the language of Managing with Aloha, his About Page is about ‘Ohana, Ho‘ohana, and ‘Imi ola — just to start. I am really loving what I am reading at Success From the Nest so far.

Tony tells me he found JJLN through Phil. Two different opportunities at just two degrees of separation… The rewards of our virtual communities keep rolling in!

So what are we planning for? Is it Success?

Perhaps. But success with what?

“I’ve done a fair amount of thinking & writing about success, and my conclusion is that success isn’t something we should pursue. It’s something we achieve while in the pursuit of something else. Sort of like happiness, as Karen pointed out.”

—Dan Ward

Dan was commenting on an article that John Richardson wrote for JJLN, called A New Definition of Success. His was one of nine comments generated in the conversation about John’s new definition. What I personally loved about John’s article was how his new definition is told in his story of looking for it.

Why don’t you add your thoughts about success there too?

Here’s the link to click” Tell John I sent you — you can swipe away a degree of separation too!

Pono brings rightness to success.


Rightness and balance.

The feeling of contentment when all is good and all is right.

In today’s common use in Hawaii, Pono is a word often associated with being successful.

It is significant to notice that although the widely accepted Hawaiian word for success is Holomua, Pono is the word chosen when complete success is acknowledged. To say “we succeeded” one would say “Ua pono kaua.” To say “we succeeded with our work” one would say “Ua pono ka kaua hana.” Holomua becomes the word of choice for improvement or progress. Complete success is not true success unless it is Pono; there is rightness inherent in your achievement, and it has not come at too high a price.

From Managing with Aloha, page 217


  1. says

    Rosa – Thank you so much for the kind words. I love the values and principles you cover here and through JJLN, and I’m delighted to be part of it.
    Yesterday my wife was reading through the JJLN and we were discussing the concept of Ho’ohana. Hearing “ohana” my daughter piped up and said, “hey, that means family… like Lilo and Stitch.” She thought it was cool that there was a “family” of business folks working together online. Of course, that’s the 6-year old version, but I think it fits well.

  2. says

    Aloha Tony, I was eager to tell the rest of the Ho‘ohana community about your blog right after my very first visit’s reading, for I love what you have to share with us. It didn’t take me long at all to find the connections with ho‘ohana, for you “work with purpose, passion, and full intention” and it shows!
    You’ve made my day to know that ho‘ohana came off the page and into your ‘ohana’s conversation with such on-the-mark perception from your daughter. Indeed, it does fit! It seems that the two Hawaiian words most known in the rest of the world are aloha and our name, Hawaii. I often think that Disney’s Lilo & Stitch may have catapulted ‘ohana into third place, and it’s a wonderful awareness of how much we have in common with what’s important to most of us, or I should say, WHO is most important.
    Welcome to the Ho‘ohana Community Tony, to you and to your family.