105: Redefining What Success Means to Us with Aaron Walker

Living a “successful” life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We often believe if we have more money, more recognition, or more significant achievements, then we will feel satisfied. But I can tell you from personal experience, that’s just not true.

105: Redefining Success with Aaron Walker

Publishing a book, obtaining a promotion, or finally working full-time for yourself will bring you temporary satisfaction, but these good things will not please you forever. This is because, many times, the goals we pursue are about us. But success is about so much more.

I used to believe that pursuing a dream and being successful was only about myself. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. It wasn’t until I got everything I wanted in life that I realized none of it was actually for me.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Aaron Walker and I talk about why success isn’t measured by what we gain, but rather by whom we influence. There’s no one better to speak fresh truth into this topic than Aaron. He has built multiple successful businesses. But it wasn’t until he experienced a tragic accident that he realized there is more to life than achieving success.

Listen in as Aaron shares what he has learned about living a life of significance and practical steps you can take in leaving a legacy.

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Show highlights

In this episode, Aaron and I discuss:

  • Why we need a reason to get up in the morning
  • The difference between living a life of success versus significance
  • Why pursuing success will not satisfy you forever
  • Whether you have to hit rock bottom to figure out your life
  • The importance of having people in your life to challenge you
  • What you need to help you live a life of significance
  • How to get around the right people

Quotes and takeaways

  • “We need contentment, not complacency.” —Aaron Walker
  • “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” —Jim Rohn
  • “We have to train ourselves to be generous in all areas.” —Aaron Walker
  • “The answer is always ‘no’ unless you ask.” —Aaron Walker
  • “Fear missing an opportunity more than failure.” —Aaron Walker


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