Hi, welcome back to the SUCCESS course, here at Wharton. You're in my office. It's great to have you and to get a chance to share some thoughts about what you mean by the word success, and how you plan to set about achieving whatever those goals are that you conceive to be your own. I think the first step that everyone takes when they begin the journey of understanding the meaning of success is really simple. And I kind of have a metaphor for it. It's like waking up. When you're asleep, you're dimly aware of things that are going on. You have dreams, you might be restless. You might toss and turn. You might be aware of noises. But then there's this moment when your consciousness just suddenly kind of expands, expands, expands, and then you open you eyes, and boom! You're in a different form of consciousness, you're awake. And I think what happens when you are on a journey to discover what your success values are, is some surprise input, some comment somebody makes, some lecture you hear. Or even in this course you might reflect on something that has been said and that you're thinking about, and there's this moment of insight. And you go, that's what I've been puzzled by. And it can happen in a moment. I was teaching an executive program recently. We did the six lives exercise that you've already done. And a woman afterwards came up to me. And she had tears in her eyes because she was asking me had I asked that last question, the question about which life would you give to your only child, had I asked that for her? And I said well, I ask it for everyone. She said well, up to that point I'd chosen the stone mason's life. And then when you asked that question, I suddenly realized that I really would choose the teacher's life. And I then realized that it was the stone mason's life that my parents had always wanted for me, and not the life that I wanted for myself. And I could just see her eyes were filled with tears. But her mind was totally filled with energy as she began this wake up process of discovering what her actual values are and where she'd take them from here. So, the hypnotic power of culture, media, social pressure is overwhelming. And I always respect it completely because of the difficulty people have in swimming against those pressures to discover and then live by the values that they endorse. Here at the Wharton School many, many students come for our undergrad program, for our MBA program. They come with a whole set of values and aspirations. But within the context of a major business school, many of them often feel the social agreement about certain careers, whether it's in banking or consulting, as being the sort of primary high status careers. And against the social pressure, the social agreement of what everyone else seems to be aspiring to. It's very difficult for people to maintain their own presence, their own direction, and stay on course for what it is that they came here for. So, it often happens that they get a little detour, graduate, go do something they hadn't thought of. And then a couple of years later they suddenly wake up, and come back to those values that they'd had before, and then set off on their path. So it's a journey with many twists and turns. But it's really important to recognize, salute, and respect those moments of insight that you have. Make sure that you have ways of remembering them. Later in the course, we're going to talk a little about some techniques, actually, for remembering what your values are and making them vivid, so that you kind of come back to them over and over again. So in the next session, I want to tell you a little story. And then we'll be exploring some of the unique things that you bring to the table as you pursue your own success.