|Jeffrey Kale Flagg is a real estate investor and businessman who has found great success in his more than twenty years in the business world. Success has come through hard work—and along the way Jeffrey Kale Flagg has learned some valuable lessons about achievement. Today, Jeffrey Kale Flagg discusses four needs he feels must be met before a person can achieve success.
Q: What do you feel is primarily holding people back from success?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: I’ve found that many people
have a definition of success that involves money or occupying a certain position in their industry.
Q: Isn’t that the definition of success?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: For each person, success will mean something different. I’ve found that there are four needs that should be weighed against each other to determine what an individual truly wants to achieve.
Q: One of those needs has to relate to money?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: Achievement is one of the four, but I’ve found that most people don’t count past achievements, only those in the present or future. Unfortunately, because people so easily disregard those past achievements, most are always reaching for some undefined level of achievement that they never will actually attain.
Q: But isn’t the fact that someone is always reaching a big part of what makes that person achieve things?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: Definitely, but at some point you also have to stop and celebrate those achievements. That leads me to the second of the four needs: happiness.
Q: I believe that if someone is happy in what he or she is doing, success will come naturally.
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: True, it usually will, but that contentedness is what keeps someone from striving for more. So it’s important to stop and appreciate your achievements from time to time, but not to stay in that place too long.
Q: What are the other two needs?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: Significance and legacy, which go hand in hand.
Q: What’s the difference between the two?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: Legacy is a mindfulness of the long lasting imprint you as a person will make on those who come into contact with you. Significance is the current impact you make on the people you help every single day with the work you do.
Q: It sounds like a person needs a combination of all four…
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: I like to compare it to a juggling act. Each time a person makes impact with a ball, energy is required to propel that ball up into the air. That energy has to be enough to keep the ball airborne while the person focuses on the other balls in the juggling act.
Q: And when one of those four falls?
Jeffrey Kale Flagg: The juggler must temporarily shift attention to that ball and catch it. The good news is, when we’re talking about the four needs, those needs can be satisfied for months or even years before needing attention.
Jeffrey Kale Flagg is General Partner of the American Redevelopment Fund, LP, among his other ventures. Emphasizing the importance of family, Jeffrey Kale Flagg lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife and four children. Jeffrey Kale Flagg enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors in his spare time.