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PRESS RELEASE

the future of Success


Thursday, April 26, 2007
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Where: Info.nl, Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16, 1011 HB Amsterdam [Next to Nieuwmarkt]
The conference language is English.

http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/event.asp?contentid=676

Introduction by our Moderator
Homme Heida, Promedia, Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round

and the speakers:
Nisandeh Neta, Founder, Open Circles Academy:
Beyond Success


In the last couple of decades success became the ultimate goal. In the 1980's that meant a mad rush to gain power, prestige and financial wealth. But despite this focus on individual success, the millennium closed with a general sense of discontent, as if our collective spirits were crying out, "Is this all there is?
If this is success, why don't I feel more fulfilled, more alive, more successful?"

We are starving for something more, something beyond success as we move into the future. We no longer want to simply make a living; we want to make a difference - to make contributions that extend well beyond ourselves. We desperately want our children to inherit a much better world than our parents left to us.

Yet, despite a growing hunger for hope, possibility and belief in our own potential - we encounter a daily reality filled with anxiety, aggression and doubt.

In this evening I would like to challenge some of our deeply ingrained cultural beliefs that subtly and constantly reinforce our fears while taking away our power. The most important is our belief about success itself.
Although we give sometimes lip service to the importance of participation, effort, and improvement in defining success - deep down, most people still evaluate their success by external measures (such as "what people think of me" or "did I reach my goals").
As long as we believe, even slightly, that success is determined externally, we open the door for a paralyzing fear of failure. We place ourselves at the effect rather than at the cause of our experience.

In our society we have set things up so that very few people win while everyone else "loses". As long as this definition of success and failure remains dominant in our culture - blame, conflict, irresponsibility and victim mentality will flourish. But when we change this foundational belief at a root level, we will gain back our power as creators.


Huib Wursten, Managing Partner, ITIM International:
The Meaning of Success in Different Cultures


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