Daily Pick: 11 definitions of success

Daily Pick outlines the most popular stories recently shared by our Global Thinking Factory.

By presenting key attitudes and theories that could lead any change agent, within economics, politics or business area, to generate intelligent change, innovation experts and leaders elaborate a multi-dimensional definition of success. Through learning to take on courageous posturings, such as targeting shared prosperity or changing the world for the better, professionals outline a need to be smartly productive. They emphasize the value of inventing instead of copying, better knowing how to interact with each others. Experts encourage to choose the right skills to develop human creativity and leadership, developing smart reasoning with one leitmotiv: “Think big or go home”.

#1 Learning

And, even if you’re a senior-level manager who’s totally content, getting experience in an unfamiliar area shows your team how much you value growing your skill set.

Read more: “45 online classes you can take (and finish) by the end of this year“, Kat Moon, Mashable

#2 Courageous posturings

If Hugo had been the logo of a single regime, no one would now be celebrating his 200th birthday. It was his spectacular betrayals and courageous posturings, his willingness to be the scapegoat and the buffoon, that made him the national poet.

Read more: “An interrupted sentence“, The Economist

#3 Efficiency and shared prosperity

But if markets are based on exploitation, the rationale for laissez-faire disappears. Indeed, in that case, the battle against entrenched power is not only a battle for democracy; it is also a battle for efficiency and shared prosperity.

Read more: “Joseph Stiglitz: Are markets efficient, or do they tend towards monopoly? The verdict is in“, Joseph E. Stiglitz, World Economic Forum

#4 Smart productivity

Maybe the best advice is just to try any music you like, bearing in mind the ideas above. Remember, for repetitive and physical tasks, pick fun music; when you have to be smart, think ambient and unobtrusive.

Read more: “Music Can Help You Be Productive, As Long As It’s The Right Music“, Robby Berman, Big Think

#5 Inventing instead of copying

Blinded by the success of the private transportation application, many startups have applied its business model in other sectors. But their business model hardly proves successful. 

Read more: “Services. Les ratés de l’Ubérisation“, Courrier International

#6 Know how you think

Are you more focused on details or big picture? Which of process, action, relationships are ideas is your first area of interest? Identifying your thinking style can help you communicate more efficiently.

#7 Choosing the right skills

People are at the heart of any successful business process or strategy, and CRO is no different. But instead of looking at the people required, think of it in terms of what skills are needed. One person can often play more than one role.

Read more: “The people and process needed for a successful Conversion Optimization Program“, Siddharth Deswal, VWO

#8 Human creativity and leadership

But strategy, skills, and training are barriers that require much more human creativity and leadership to overcome. Those are the challenges that need our energy and imagination the most.

Read more: “Keeping Marketing Technology Integration In Perspective“, Scott Brinker, Customer Think

#9 Changing the world for the better

 They’re setting out to change our world for the better, and not one of them doubts his or her ability to make it happen. They hail from cities large and small, have combined revenue of more than $77 million, have collectively raised more than $444 million in funding, and are shaking things up in health care, consumer products, financial services, food, transportation, energy, and more.

Read more: “30 under 30 Class of 2016: These Millenials Are Taking On Some Of The World’s Biggest Challenges“, INC

#10 “Think big or go home”

Competition is fierce, success is difficult: there is no place for improvisation. “Think big or go home” is the leitmotiv of the Valley. 

Read more: “Silicon Valley: petit guide de survie à l’usage des entrepreneurs“, Les Echos

#11 Smart reasoning


As you’ve probably heard a few hundred times in your life, correlation doesn’t imply causation. But the two economists sparked thinking about how other researchers could show the actual causal impact of a new policy or a shock to the economy—and this thinking is now a key part of the profession.

Read more: “Correlation and causality in economics: Can we prove it?“, Nick Bunker, World Economic Forum


And you, what is your definition of success?

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