Simon Sinek on How to Define Fulfillment and Measure Success Each Day

In Chapter 1 of 16 of his 2009 Capture Your Flag interview with Erik Michielsen, "Start With Why" author Simon Sinek rethinks questions what should define success and fulfillment and whether the definition should be a feeling or an accumulation. Sinek discusses these issues in context of waking up every day being at peace with the live you lead and the decisions you make.  Simon Sinek is a trained ethnographer who applies his curiosity around why people do what they do to teach leaders and companies how to inspire people.  He is the author of "Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action".  Sinek holds a BA degree in cultural anthropology from Brandeis University. 


Erik Michielsen: How do you, at a high level, define fulfillment?

Simon Sinek: I think fulfillment is waking up every day and being at peace with the life you have lived and the decisions you have made. Um, when we define success, I get a kick out of that everybody pursues success.  The problem is that success lacks a standard definition.  What does it mean to be successful?  In my world, success is a feeling, it is not necessarily an accumulation.  If someone makes a lot of money, does that make them successful? Maybe.  If somebody does not make a lot of money, does that make them unsuccessful?  Not necessarily.