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In 1995, Bob Buford wrote the bestselling book Halftime, which popularized the concept of “moving from success to significance” in the second half of life. Buford realized that many businesspeople work their whole lives to achieve material success only to find their happiness and sense of purpose wanting when that success comes. And he rightly encouraged those people to seek out meaning and impact in their later years.

That “success to significance” framing is well-intended, but it has become misused. The point was to encourage people who have spent a career accumulating resources — money, power, status, and achievement — to redeploy their time and talents in service of others. But this also implies that professional “success” and a happy, meaningful life are mutually exclusive. In reality, there is no success without significance.


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