How do you measure success? Money? Power? Fame?
Fame is just a combination of money and power, so a relatively poor way to judge success. Money provides an easy metric. The more wealth, the more successful. We can count it in our bank accounts. Power shows that you can make things happen that will affect other people. Even if you don’t have money.
There are politicians who don’t have very much money (although that seems to be getting rarer), but who do have considerable sway.
But those measurements leave out other concepts of success. Is the fireman or policeman who improves our community through his or her actions a success? They improve our lives and I think you would have to consider them a success. The same is true with the soldiers, airman, sailors and marines who defend us. They can be successful although money and power do not trail them.
I think the best measure of success doesn’t come from money or power but from the recognition of your peer group. If those around you determine that you have impacted, on a high level, your community, your business, your church, your schools or your industry, you have achieved success.
Last year, we introduced a new measurement of success in the metal construction industry: the Metal Construction Hall of Fame. In cooperation with the Metal Construction Association, the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association and the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, we selected eight leaders in our industry to be in the inaugural class.
This year, we’re asking for your nominations again. Who in your peer group deserves to be elevated to the highest recognition in the metal construction industry? Who has offered a unique contribution to the industry? Presented us with an outstanding body of work? Shown their dedication through their longevity and left a lasting legacy, doing so with integrity? We want to hear about them.
New for this year, we have created a Legacy Award, recognizing members of our community who deserve Hall of Fame recognition but are no longer with us.
Go to the Contests page on the Metal Construction News website
(www.metalconstructionnews.com/contests.aspx) to download the form. Deadline for submissions is August 15. Honorees will be selected in three categories:
- Friend of the Industry
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.