“For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the world, yet forfeits his soul?” – Matthew 16:26
At what cost does success come? For Warren Buffett, it cost him a marriage. Warren’s first wife, Susan, described that he read voraciously. Susan had the idea that Warren may want to slow down after reaching a certain net worth, however, he was driven by his work and consequently went on to become one of the richest men in the world. After 27 years of living apart Susan died in 2004.
Striking the right balance between achievement and the cost of achievement is an individual decision. It’s important to be aware of the opportunity cost of your choices. At the end of your life, it is better to look back in reminiscence than regret. Having regular “check-ups” with yourself can help you stay on track with what is important in your life.
Measure your own means of achievement. We weren’t all born to become Olympians. Decide what is possible and determine if you are on the path to achieving your potential. Don’t measure your successes against the successes of others, focus on internal achievement.