I seem a little bit obessed with Colin Powell right now, and I think it’s because he’s an army guy – meaning he was someone who really needed to deliver and still has some of the more “progressive” ideas about leadership and management.
A really simplified summary of Aristotle
Aristotle’s work in this specific area can be summarised into the following statements:
One: Each person has unique requirements for happiness and success. What makes one person successful and happy won’t necessarily work for another.
Two: Happiness comes from living a successful life. A successful life is one that is lived according to one’s virtues – a life of excellence.
Three: The standard “trappings” of success that everyone seeks, such as health and wealth, are not ends in themselves but rather objects that facilitate happiness.
Four: And perhaps most importantly, happiness and success is not a state you achieve and forget – the happiness lies in the doing, the continued living.