What makes life worthwhile? What matters to you? What counts in your life?
In this fascinating TED2010 talk, Chip Conley, CEO, author and founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, makes a persuasive case for the reconsideration of the metrics used to guide our companies and our nation.
At what point do we get off of the “treadmill of aspiration,” as Conley so cleverly put it? For most Americans the idea exists that the treadmill ride ends at retirement. “You’ve gotten as far as you’ll go and now it’s time to sit back and enjoy it,” they say, and rare is the individual who manages to move beyond the confines of that thinking earlier in life.
Why not create the conditions in our companies and in our great nation that are conducive to the generation and maintenance of the intangibles, such as happiness? Sure we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but how often do we really exercise that right?
Life matters. People matter. Goodness counts. I, for one, am concerned to make a difference while I am here and I love to see evidence of others who are not only dreaming of transforming the world, but who are also doing tangible, catalytic work to get the ball rolling.
Thank you Chip Conley!