A few days ago I shared on Twitter, “Being successful means something different to each person…respect that.”

Too often I judge success through outside appearances.  How big is their house?  What kind of car do they drive?  How well do they dress?

When in reality, success is much deeper.  I learned that today from a door man named George.

Meet George Glasgow, the “Singing Doorman”

George came to America from Guyana, South America; one of the few Caribbean countries that isn’t an island.  For the last 19 years he has worked in security, watching elevators, opening doors, and greeting guests in New York City.

But I’d be hard pressed to hear someone tell me George isn’t successful.

Nothing I say could convince you of the fact, but watch him for a few minutes and you’ll leave understanding the true meaning of success.

The Meaning of True Success

To me, George embodies success. Success is not so much where the journey takes you, but how happy the journey makes you.

That’s what makes George so different than other door men.

As time passes by George sings Showtunes, Michael Jackson, pretty much any song you can think of, he knows the words.  The guests smile as they pass by.  And sometimes, if you’re lucky, he might share his philosophy with you.

“Work your best, do not work to impress.  It will fail and the truth shall reveal itself.  That you are not real and honest with yourself. You know, that’s it.

Keep on breathing.  Keep on working.  Stop complaining.  Put in your time.  Pay day is coming.  Life is an investment.  It’s not how much you can get paid, it’s how much did you invest to be paid?”

Find What Makes You Successful

If a door man in New York City can be this happy and successful, why can’t you?

The greatest obstacle to becoming successful is comparing yourself to others.  Maybe you have a rich sister.  Maybe your friend is a powerful executive?  None of that matters when it comes to your success.

You can teach kindergartners and be more successful than the CEO of a Billion dollar company.

Live your life in a way that leaves you feeling jazzed about yourself.  Then share your joy with those around you.

It’s hard for someone to say a happy person is not a successful person.

They may not drive Lamborghinis or live in mansions, but what they don’t have in money they make up in spirit.

So What Does Success Mean to You?

Success means many things to many people.  So what does it mean to you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!

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34 thoughts on “George the "Singing Door Man" and the Secret of True Success

  1. Very true Bryce. Some of the most “successful” people I know don’t live in mansions or drive luxury cars, while those I know who do often seem to struggle with life. Struggle and stress may yield wealth, but not success. At least, not success as *I* define it! :-)

  2. Bryce Christiansen

    Good to see you again Allan,

    Isn’t that the truth!

    A friend of mine just filed bankruptcy after his business couldn’t sustain itself any longer.

    He went from making millions to losing everything. However, I still find him very successful. Money wasn’t the issue.

    He still is one of the brightest and interesting businessmen I’ve ever met. Unfortunately a set of unfortunate circumstances ended up overpowering any hope he had to keep his business going.

    Thanks for coming by and for the excellent comment.

    Bryce

  3. Hey there Bryce,

    I really enjoyed this post mate. I think in George’s comment, “Work your best, do not work to impress”, is where success really lies. If an individual is constantly putting their best foot forward, in any endeavor really; success is bound to follow.

    And like you said, it’s not found in houses, cars, and the material things. Success to me, is a person’s inner feelings on the craft, job, or accolades they accomplish on their personal life journey.

    Where many people begin to feel they aren’t successful is when they start comparing their success to others success. And comparison in that realm always ends in disaster. For there will always be someone better off or worse off than the next person.

    I think that I am already successful, because I’m doing something that makes me happy and that I enjoy doing. That alone, these days is more than any man could ask for.

    Powerful post though Bryce, I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. I will certainly be keeping up with you. Enjoy the rest of your day bud. :)

  4. Bryce Christiansen

    Hey Deeone,

    I’m glad you made it here as well :) Excellent post by the way. Rumors are getting more clever by the day and are harder to make out as being right or wrong.

    Sometimes the people we would least expect to learn lessons of success, have the most profound answers.

    George’s words impressed me. His simple way of stating truth has a powerful effect.

    Thanks for stopping by. I too shall be making many more visits to the Kingskidd Chronicles.

    Bryce

  5. What a wonderful topic Bryce, I really enjoyed watching George sing and enjoy his day. If I worked there, I’d take my breaks to come listen to him sing. What a joy.

    I agree with Allan, Some of the most successful people don’t live in mansions or drive luxury cars, while some of those who do often seem to struggle with life. I happen to personally know a few of those who are really miserable even with all that wealth. That’s not success to me.

    I’m extremely successful because I not only enjoy life, I enjoy what I do and if I were to become the richest person in the world tomorrow, I wouldn’t change a thing about me. I happen to like myself just the way I am.

    Enjoyed this post Bryce, thanks for sharing this with us and for this reminder. I love such uplifting posts such as this one. Just brings a smile to my face.

    Adrienne

  6. I believe that true success come from doing something that you are passionate about. I like the way you bring out key elements and convey the info.

  7. Adrienne,

    So glad to have you again :).

    You just nailed it. Success is when no matter what kind of wealth or possessions were offered, you’d still be just as happy being yourself. No changes. No tweaks, No if only I had ______. Just yourself.

    I appreciate your comments as always.

    Bryce

  8. That’s the meat of it Eddie. What kind of life is a life spent doing things you don’t enjoy? Not a successful one in my opinion.

    Good to see you as always.

    Bryce

  9. I love hearing stories about ‘modest millionaires’ – people who do not boast about their riches or success. I mean, I’ve seen a lot of people who are modest about their success in life and also many people who want to throw it in your face – it says a lot about one’s character. :/

    success for me can happen to anyone – as long as you are passionate, determined and honest about what you are doing. :)

  10. Hi Bryce,

    I really loved reading the post and thoroughly enjoyed the musical pieces by George( interested in music as I am ).

    Life is really not about money and it is difficult to explain it to ordinary people who go on day after day without even enjoying it for a moment. I have seen people following the path set by their parents without a question. They don’t take risks, they don’t continue what they once liked. In the end , everyone looks like everyone.

    Living life like George is really a blessing. He might not earn that much but he is really living and enjoying it to the core. My salute to such people
    Thanks for sharing this video and your awesome commentary .
    Have a great day :)

  11. That’s a great find, Bryce. The real reason millionaires drive fancy cars and buy big houses is simply because it reminds them they are expressing a grander version of themselves. The singing doorman is simply doing the same thing – expressing himself authentically. It never gets more complicated than that. The material gains quickly become boring and we seek only to feel that Authentic Expression. No matter what we are doing, exulting in our true nature is the most rewarding experience we can take on. I know this first hand, I own the cars and the homes, yet nothing compares to the exhilaration and challenge of sitting down to write.

  12. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Rob,

    I’m so glad you commented on this one, because I was curious to hear your perspective. The talk about rich people not always being successful is nothing new. Having the success you’ve had and still dedicating your time to writing and commenting on others’ work, is a true sign of you being authentic to yourself.

    The authentic point George made makes much more sense after what you said. That’s probably the difference between the successful rich and the unsuccessful rich. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

    This was an excellent comment, thanks for coming by Rob.

  13. Bryce Christiansen

    Hey Ashvini,

    First of all, welcome to our blog. I really enjoyed reading through your site yesterday and was pleased to see you here as well.

    You bring up a good point as well. It’s an interesting pattern that many generations go through where the son or daughter feels the best path to follow is their parent’s footsteps. We see it all the time, doctors’ kids become doctors, lawyers’ kids become lawyers, the list goes on and on.

    Many times by the time we get to the profession our parents have and realize it didn’t quite fit how we imagined. Sure the physical signs of success are there, but like Rob pointed out, we weren’t authentic to ourselves.

    Thanks for bringing this up. It’s an interesting subject.

    Hope to see you again in the near future.

    Bryce

  14. Bryce Christiansen

    I like that Gabriella. Passion, determination, and honesty are great pillars of success.

    Millionaires are just as human as poor folk. There are some amazingly humble and kind millionaires just as there are humble and kind poor. There are also some awful and stingy poor people just as their are awful and stingy millionaires.

    It’s like you said, passion, determination, and honesty really impact one’s character and success.

  15. Great article Bryce. So many people try to unlock their success with someone else’s combination. Those people will always struggle as long as they follow someone else’s way and live up to some other person’s ideas of success.

    I believe that it is a good idea for one to write down what success is to them and keep it where they will see it often because, if we are not clear on when we are successful, we probably will never feel successful.

  16. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Rachel. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my site.

    I really like your suggestion to write what success means to us and keep it close.

    Many times we are told by our bosses or society what it is to be successful and then we feel like we have no control over our success.

    However, we really should define what success is in our eyes first, and then adjust what outside influences believe success is accordingly.

    Great addition. I appreciate your contributions Rachel.

  17. So true Bryce! ? Og Mandino wrote on this very subject in his book Success University Lesson #2.

  18. I like the success of a singing doorman, for me success is when you’re happy what you are doing no matter what the task may be it could easy, hard, or in the middle. As you love your work and happy with it that means your successful person.

  19. Bryce Christiansen

    Hi Marcus,

    Welcome to the blog! Thanks for the book recommendation, I’ll have to see if I have it. I’m always looking to learn new things.

    What is your specialty Marcus? I enjoy meeting other coaches and learning what they do.

    Hope to see you around here in the future,

    Bryce

  20. Bryce Christiansen

    Welcome Elpidio!

    Glad to have you on the blog and thanks sooo much for the comment.

    Isn’t that the truth? Hapiness in all you do is a true measure of success. You already know that.

    Hope to have you back in the near future :)

    Bryce

  21. Hi Bryce, important message, well said. Happiness and inner peace equal success in my mind. You’re absolutely correct, money brings neither of these. George seems to have both happiness and inner peace.

    George seems like a very special person and you are too for sharing his story with us!

  22. Bryce Christiansen

    Thank you very much Carolyn.

    Speaking of success, how is the contest for most valuable blogger in Philadelphia going?

    Getting recognized for that honor alone is already success in my book.

    I also like your idea of success. Happiness and inner peace. What else do you need?

    Bryce

  23. Wonderful story! Success is living each moment, and being happy with where we are right now. I remember one story on the news of a successful businessman losing his job and in desperation took a job at Starbucks. It was a difficult change for him, but he said he learned more about himself in that job than he ever did in his successful previous career. When you take away all the trappings, all we have left is ourselves.

  24. Bryce Christiansen

    Good to see you as always Cathy,

    That’s an excellent point. Just because we come from making lots of money to working at Starbucks doesn’t mean you aren’t successful either. It’s more important to look at how happy we are and if we are being true to ourselves.

    I appreciate the comment very much.

    Bryce

  25. Dia

    Hi Bryce,

    For sure, success varies from person to person. The key is to live in the present time and never compare ourselves to others. Happiness is an internal emotion and if we can be happy doing what were doing and we are doing a service to others and ourselves, then that is success. Thanks for sharing

  26. Bryce Christiansen

    Good to see you again Dia,

    You always have interesting things to share.

    I couldn’t say it better. Happiness is a major theme I’m finding out when it comes to success.

    Thanks for your great comments,

    Bryce

  27. Great post Bryce. I understand that happiness and success are internal things and you can’t really reach them through external things (wealth for example). It has to come from within… This may sound simple, but it is easier said than done…

    Mouh
    :)

  28. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Mouh,

    Welcome to the blog and thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.

    You seem to understand success and happiness fairly well. Great insights.

    Bryce

  29. Wow! Bryce, I very much identified with this post! It took me living in Peru for me to see how futile and even self-damaging it can be to compare ourselves to others when it comes to success, happiness or any other factor. Personally, I know I wouldn’t be happy as a president of a company even though it seems like a dream life for many. I prefer to work from home or work in smaller settings.

    In fact, my version of success has to do more with having the freedom to do what I would like to with my time. =) I love that video of George and that’s the kind of cheerfulness I want to have in my all the time!

    Thanks so much for sharing George’s story, Bryce! And I’m so glad we’re in touch! =)

  30. Hi Samantha,

    I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. They are very interesting to me.

    I’m the same way. I appreciate time and would be happier making enough money to meet my needs vs making tons of money but having no time to appreciate it.

    Thanks again for stopping by. I’m also glad we got in touch.

    Bryce

  31. Yeah sure,I agree with you Allan.True success is not defined by money and wealth.These are simply results of success.
    True success is achieved doing the very things one is passionate about.

  32. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks for the comment.

    Exactly, the results of success are different than the acts of becoming successful. Also, money isn’t always a result of success either, so don’t let that discourage you.

    Bryce

  33. Hey Bryce, thanks for the post.

    I like what George says… “It’s not how much you can get paid, it’s how much did you invest to be paid”.

    I would add to that by saying… “How much VALUE can you give and to how many people”. Only then will the money flow into your life (if that’s something you desire).

  34. Bryce Christiansen

    Hi Andrew,

    Welcome to the blog and thanks for your great comment. I love your thought on bringing value to others. If you can do that, you surely are doing something right.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Bryce

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