Redefining Success – Living Successful Lives

Vera Randall, Founder of Knitwit & owner of Just Better Care Northern Suburbs

In her book Thrive, author and cofounder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington says that over time our society’s notion of success has been reduced to money and power and that we need to add a third dimension to live the successful lives we want and deserve.

She writes about four additional things we need to support whatever level of success we achieve: wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving – and is emphatic that people are turning to activities that give life meaning.

Every day at Just Better Care, I see our community support workers doing just that, as they work toward successful outcomes for the people they serve and in doing so for themselves. As they care for people who are frail aged or living with dementia or disability, they take care of their own wellbeing to enable them to support others. They are wise about how they build relationships with their clients; they enjoy the wonder of listening to their life stories and most of all giving of themselves.

Giving can take many forms. It can be a cheerful smile as they arrive at the door, paying extra attention to a task like light housekeeping, going shopping and preparing a meal or paying extra attention when prompting medication.

These are just a few of the ways our team of support workers live successful lives. Carrying out tasks to support others brings joy, and in doing so, they are adding to the third dimension Arianna Huffington writes about to support a successful life. Yes, our support workers are redefining success in serving others, providing peace of mind to busy families and in doing so building up a bank of wellbeing and living successful lives.

If you are interested in exploring how you can join others redesigning success by becoming a community support worker send me a message. Maybe we could meet at our office at Gordon and talk about joining our team – casual work available.