A retired corporate executive takes a fresh look at the meaning of success.
Seekri (Organizational Turnarounds with a Human Touch, 2010) distinguishes his work by suggesting that many books about success “are hooked on the methodology and the management of success, not on the most fundamental piece of the puzzle: our mindset of success.” The first section of the work does an admirable job of exploring that mindset, demonstrating that true success is, in fact, “dictated by our mind and guided by our heart.” In discussing mindset, the author calls upon some of his own experiences and offers pertinent observations by experts. Of particular interest is his intriguing chart contrasting the “classic mindset” with the “success mindset” as well as the graphical comparisons of “shock and aftershocks of failure” and “shock and aftershocks of success.” These insightful elements lend welcome illustrative support to the text. Section 2 is the most compelling portion of the volume; it presents detailed sketches of “seven role models.” These individuals exemplify “authentic success,” writes Seekri, who searched for five years to identify them. The group is made up of four men and three women of various ages and diverse backgrounds. Each person is accorded a substantial chapter that includes biographical information, extensive quotes from the individual, and the author’s astute comments about the triumphs each attained. Enrique Brower is one relevant example; a Cuban refugee who came to the United States as a child, he ultimately became a professor and executive consultant. “Success for me,” says Brower, “is equilibrium of mind, body, and spirit.” Seekri’s perceptive assessment of Brower’s achievement is summarized in “three priceless lessons” at the end of the chapter. The other six stories are equally mesmerizing. The author closes this section with an excellent encapsulation of the lessons learned from the seven subjects. The third part of the book lists the “ten commandments” for developing a “success mindset.” Here Seekri reprises some of the highlights of the seven tales and reinforces his own thoughtful views on the topic.
Masterfully written and genuinely appealing; an intelligent, meaningful study of success factors.