Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
“What is a good life?” has been a question asked by philosophers going back to the ancient Greeks. But somewhere along the line, we abandoned the question and shifted our attention to how much money we can make, how big a house we can buy, and how high we can climb up the career ladder. In fact, at this point, success, money, and power have practically become synonymous in the minds of many. But over the long term, money and power by themselves are like a two-legged stool: You can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. More and more people — very successful people — are toppling over. The good news is, science has caught up to ancient wisdom,
and the results are overwhelming and unambiguous. To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a “third metric” — a measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.