Robert Kennedy on Measuring Quality of Life


“The gross national product (of a country) does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
— Robert Kennedy, March 18, 1968

How are we measuring a life well lived?

Is it quality of life based on a personal assessment of what makes us happy? Or are we allowing media and popular culture, systems that know nothing about us, to steer us to false measurements?

What are the things that need to be happening for you to feel great? Making enough income so you don’t have too much financial stress? Spending lots of time with family for personal enjoyment plus the sense of harmony that comes with a house “in order”? Helping others less fortunate? Making time in your life to count your blessings? Having adequate alone time so you can assess things in your life, work and personal? Spending time in nature? Doing things you love whether travel, going to the movies, listening to music, playing sports, watching a ballgame on TV? Having a short commute? The list goes on.

You might not have arrived yet at your ultimate quality of life. For example, you have a goal of working within five miles of home and perhaps right now it is not practical. The point is to know what your quality of life drivers are so you can arrive at them as soon as possible but reckoning with

So going back to 30,000 feet, what does quality of life mean to you?

Quality of Life Perspectives: Ariane de Bonvoisin Talks about the Little Things

Ariane de Bonvoisin

Ariane de Bonvoisin

I had the opportunity to interview Ariane de Bonvoisin this summer.  We met last year and I have quickly become a fan of her endeavors.

Ariane is the author of First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier and has built a media company around her desire to help people enjoy life more.  Ariane embodies this Quality of Life Project purpose:

-  Contributing to the growing worldwide movement in which individuals are increasingly measuring success based on quality of life over other pursuits and are increasingly drawn to authenticity over pretense.

Ariane’s independent approach to life is truly inspiring. She lives like an explorer constantly finding new and interesting experiences to enrich her life. And her path through life is a great indicator. She grew up living in six countries, was an internationally competitive swimmer and graduated London School of Economics at 19 and Stanford Business School at 24. She went on to leadership positions in the venture capital world, at one time overseeing Time Warner’s venture fund. But she felt out of synch and saw how her personal life was suffering through by not being in tune with her true inner voice. She was always a spiritual person but felt she needed to regroup. Ariane ended up taking a new path. In 2005, she decided to become a media entrepreneur, which led to her First 30 Days book and the launching of and soon

You can view the VIDEO of our interview with Ariane HERE.

Within the video there are index tags so you can navigate per your preferences.

There are some outstanding takes on big picture life perspectives that have helped Ariane enjoy her life.  You should not miss out on these.  But the best part of the interview in my opinion are the little things we unearthed that any of us can immediately try out.

-  Trampoline in office (“What brings you joy” section)

-  Five year journal.  (“What brings you joy” section)

-  Wheatgrass (“Diet or health practices” section)

I hope you enjoy the video!  Ariane is doing great work so if you like her book, definitely help get the word out…

Perspectives on Quality of Life: Gary Player on Importance of Energy (first post using audio excerpts from my interviews)

Gary Player

Gary Player

Gary Player is one of the most amazing people I’ve met.  Gary is best known as being one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game (he is the only player to have won a Grand Slam on both the PGA and Senior’s tours.). He’s 73 years old and has more energy and strength today than 99% of us.  He’s been married to his wife Vivienne for over fifty years and together they have six children and 20 grandchildren.

More than anything, Gary epitomizes what it means to be a successful human being.  He does it all.  He is a great family man.  He is an accomplished entrepreneur.  He is a successful philanthropist.  He is a kind man who walks the earth with an open, grateful heart.  He literally touches someone every day.

And he is an absolute expert (whether he knows it or not) on longevity and making use of energy to maximize enjoyment in every aspect of life.

Gary will tell you that maintaining energy is one of the key to a life well lived.  That energy is the reason he has managed to be successful on so many fronts.  Family, career, philanthropy, social.    

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Perspectives on Quality of Life: Conversation with Scott Hahn about Assuming Positive Intent

scott-hahn-iiI recently had the opportunity to interview Scott Hahn. Great guy, best known for his role as a founder and leader at Rogan, a revolutionary player in the fashion industry. Rogan is the edge with its design and its sustainable sourcing methods and environmental practices.

It was one of my best interviews. He is the definition of quiet confidence and has a piercing, inviting intensity about him. He is a person who is both gentle and fierce.  As I found out in my interview, a lot of this comes from his practices of humility, intellectual curiousity, and physical exercise methods. More on that at

We talked about a lot of things but I was most struck by what Scott said when I asked him about whether he is good at giving people the benefit of the doubt in life:

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What Could Be More Entrepreneurial Than Parenting???

blog-photo-what-could-be-more-entrep-than-parenting1Like many working professionals and entrepreneurs, I struggle with my need to build things and create value in society with my desire to play with my children and meet my responsibility of parenting.

But it dawned on me recently that nothing could require more entrepreneurial skill and offer more entrepreneurial gratification than parenting.

There is no leadership position more challenging. There is no project where the results of your efforts will be more apparent. There is no business where you can use your talents with such a lack of constraints.

For parents who stay at home or the parents who work, we must remind ourselves of the incredibly entrepreneurial nature of the work of leading, teaching, molding our children. Besides involved parenting being a responsibility of having kids in the first place, it can also be the best outlet for our entrepreneurial tendencies.

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