So I would like to introduce a new word: fip! F-I-P. It's a word I invented and I offer it to you today. Please try it on for size. Fip comes from Fun, Impact and profit. It is a measure of success where each of these elements is considered to be of exactly equal importance. I posit that they are the three pillars of satisfying success, a success that feeds the body, mind, and soul. Something that is fip has all three attributes and they are in balance. I will now talk briefly about the three components:
First Fun: This is, of course, enjoying what you are doing. Since we must work, we should enjoy what we do. Otherwise we are suffering a very large part of our time. This is basic common sense, yet many toil in jobs they deplore. There are many excuses, but in the majority of cases there is a belief that work is not supposed to be fun, and this belief generates its own reality. Most work can be enjoyed, if it is done it with style and intention.
Now Impact: Impact is your effect on others, the world around you. A rising tide lifts all boats, so being concerned with your effect on others is enlightened self-interest. Also, the energy that comes to you from lifting others up will provide the energy to overcome the inevitable obstacles that appear in any project. This encompasses all forms of impact: financial, emotional, and environmental. As you make profit, do you breed success in those who help you along the way? Do you help or hurt the environment? Do the people who work in your company love it or hate it? How about the people working for your vendors and customers?
And finally, Profit: Of course without profit, whatever our work is will not sustain for long. Profit is when the value created by an endeavor is greater than the resources that went into it. It is a net contributor to our fortunes. Profit provides the motivating force, to impact's soul sustenance and fun's presence to the moment. In some cases, we can substitute "performance" for "profit" (like sports) or if a student, profit is measured in knowledge and credentials.
Fip is a question you can ask when evaluating any endeavor or project result. You can go through the letters, f-i-p, and ask the questions of each part, or you can just ask, "is this fip?" Fip as word is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a place you can stand in and a principle you can adhere to. It shapes the way you see the world.