Joyful Learning: A Measure of Success

On Joyful Jubilant Learning today: A Measure of Success: My Results of Going Short and Deep. An excerpt:

90 days ago, I’d shared with you a decision I made, to embark on a 90-day experiment with dramatically decreasing the time I was spending online. My intention was to “go short and deep,” meaning I would make “less choices, smart, careful choices, and each revered. Each intensely savored.”

If this is the first you are hearing of this, you can read the entire posting here:
Going Short and Deep: A 90-day experiment

Photo Credit: One approach by Merlin Mann on kung fu grippe

Today is Day 90, and I am back to follow-up, and let you know of my results

Little did I know back then, that we’d now be within a theme of learning to redefine success for 2009 on our own terms! Sure is fitting.

I do feel I should share a bit of a disclaimer first though. I am a management and leadership coach by profession, and I consider helping people become more successful on their own terms to be job one for me; it’s what I do (I call it working on Ho‘ohana). It’s my disclaimer in that I have a knack for making most every effort appear successful and worth the striving in some way. I can make every mistake, every plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face failure sound successful in some regard, for each mistake or failure reveals something we probably need to know about ourselves. I do it for other people so they can better understand how remarkably capable and creative they are; I do it so they never sell themselves short nor negate their aloha spirit. I do it for myself too.

Looking back on that last paragraph, that might be all you need to know about my defining success.

I think success is affirmation of some kind; you’re successful when you’ve done what you set out to do deliberately, and not by happenstance. Sometimes that means the outcome is completely different from what you’d originally intended, because you took stock of where you were somewhere in the middle of it all and renegotiated a new agreement, whether with others or with your own sense of truth and integrity. When you are a learner, you are an open-minded contrarian in the making, and that “sometimes” starting my last sentence becomes a “usually.” I define that as wildly exciting and liberating success, for your possibilities got blown wide open; you’re dwelling in the capacity building of an abundance mentality.

So if you like, you can stop there: It’s my “going short and deep” definition of success on personal terms.

If you’ve time for a bit more reading, and are interested in my 90-day experiment in particular, here are my results as I see them ”“ and yep, overall, I think it was a success! So much so, that I’m now wondering what my next 90-day experiment should be.

I’ll tell you about 5 areas I think of as the successes I enjoyed these last 90 days. Again, if you did not read my original Going Short and Deep announcement, you will need to start there for what follows to have much context for you.

Continued at JJL: A Measure of Success: My Results of Going Short and Deep

We each have a two-fold decision to make about our personal use of the web:


To who, what, where, and when do I give the most valuable gift I can give someone publishing online for me?


Why do I bother in the first place? What’s in it for me?