“What is success?”
Well…what is it? This is the question I was asked when reading Om Malik’s self titled blog Om Malik.
Om Malik has made several podcast appearances on Gruber’s TalkShow & GigaOM Commutist. His blog is a very simple blog with him sharing his ideas and views about certain aspects of life and business. I was skeptical at first but after reading several of his posts, I was blown away by the simplicity yet impact of these blogs, one of which is simply called “Success“, of which I highly encourage all of you to read. It’s short and to the point, but eloquently written.
He talked about the idea of success. What is it? He specifically used an example of smart phone apps. Is it more successful to have 1,000,000 million downloads but only be used once a week or to have 1,000 downloads and be used several times a day?
I commented on this post of his explaining that this idea of “success” fits right in line with our discussions on business ethics. For example, could Nike in the 80’s/90’s be considered a successful company? They were the superstars of shoe industry and on top of the world. Everyone loved Nike, everyone owned Nike, Nike was a way of life for some. Many would say that that is success. But are they really successful when they are ethically dropping the ball?
I thanked Om for his blog post and let him know that it really spurred an interest for me. I believe that his ideas and opinions should be shared with not only startup companies (his main target in the blog post) but all companies. Companies like Apple and Nike could have used this to really remind themselves of what success is. To get back down to the basics of it all.
Could one argue that success is relative? Or are there rules and standards you must follow and meet to be successful? Could there be a “Successful Checklist” of sorts?
So…are you successful?