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An Ode to Fact That What’s Really Important Changes as We Age

Expectation versus reality and what the true meaning of success is.




WHAT SCREWS US up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” I don’t know who said it but I doubt they ever expected it would become as well-known as it is.

It’s the start of a new year; it’s only natural that many of us are taking stock of our lives… celebrating the unanticipated wins and mourning the disappointments. I am not sure I ever really knew where I would be at this point in life, but I can honestly say, I never expected it would be where I am.

I had a vague idea I wanted to be successful and happy but I didn’t know what that looked like. Having more money was certainly involved, though I can’t say I’m particularly disappointed with how things turned out.


It makes sense that what we consider important changes as we gain life experience. I wondered if others agreed, so asked readers if they believe their definition of success had changed as they aged. Nearly 80% said it had and nearly every single one said they thought money would be a greater measure of success than it turned out to be.

Quality of life and spending time with family have become the true gauge of a life well lived. (Read more on page 49.)

We also wanted to know how much readers believed luck had to do with their success. And this is what they had to say:

  • 20% You create your own.
  • 49% Luck is just hard work meeting opportunity.
  • 10% I don’t believe in it. Everything happens for a reason.
  • 0% Makes me nervous: What comes around, goes around.
  • 14% Successful people don’t credit luck enough.
  • 7% None of the above.

So 83% of you think luck is a factor in your success. Why not read some tips for increasing your chances of a fortunate outcome in the Big Story on page 30?

As for me, I am going to count my blessings and trust what life has in store … while continuing to apply a little judicious influence here and there. After all, what else can we do?

Best wishes for your business,

Power Yogaing My Way to Metamorphosis
Power Yogaing My Way to Metamorphosis

Power Yogaing My Way to Metamorphosis

Five Smart Tips From This Issue

  1. February brings us Valentine’s Day and AMD Awareness Month. Why not hit up some local nursing homes and show them some love? (Manager’s To-Do, page 18)
  2. Some topics never lose their appeal. The latest developments to help low vision sufferers regain their independence is one. (Better Vision, page 28)
  3. New gear can give your eyecare an edge, but attention must be paid to the impact on staff, marketing, patient flow and budget. (Best of the Best, page 41)
  4. Looking to lessen your reliance on insurance companies? Jason Boldt, ABOC, has a potentially win/win scenario for you. (Columns, page 42)
  5. What’s a new year celebration without a little glitter? Dr. Mei Fleming has that and more. (Sanity Files, page 58)

Having built a career in service journalism, Dee has been covering the eyecare industry for over a decade. As editor-in-chief of INVISION Magazine, she is passionate about telling independent ECPs stories and can be reached directly at


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