Fulfillment & Achievement


“People want riches; they need fulfillment.” -Robert Conklin


TASK AT HAND: This week I’m thinking about the difference between achievement and fulfillment. Achievement is commonly confused for fulfillment. In the culture of 80-hour work weeks, dog-eat-dog cynicism, and the perpetual climb of the job ladder, one can easily place achievement as the ultimate external benchmark of success. This strategy will eventual burn out. Instead, the focus should be on the internal barometer of fulfillment, to guide our plans.

Achievement can be defined as the process of successfully completing a task. As one can see, there is lots of good in achievement. It requires commitment to an end. It emphasizes  ability. However, achievement can become an empty end. Without an internal desire for excellence and without a process of development and introspection, achievement can result in empty goals and lackluster methods. Fulfillment, in totality, extracts meaning from our tasks. In other words, it is why we want to achieve a goal? This why is the crux of what fulfills you. While achievement is the “how”, start to think of fulfillment as the “why” to a strategy or goal.

People often ask me, “what is the easiest path to fulfillment?” I say: start by collecting experiences and not things! Collecting experiences, for example by traveling, allows you to focus on transitions without some definitive end target. One of the most common end-of-life regrets is the wish to have traveled more during years of good health.  Too often, the substitution to the acquisition of items creates confusion in endless consumption. Goods – are only of value – if they are good for something.


MEDICINE & MACULA: Check out our new publication, Elevated intraocular pressure following pars plana vitrectomy due to trapped gas in the posterior chamber, published in Retinal Cases & Brief Reports (Fall 2016, Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 334–337).


Clinicians should be aware of elevated intraocular pressure secondary to trapped gas in the posterior chamber. Aspiration of the trapped gas can alleviate both pupillary block and angle closure without compromising gas tamponade.



Check out the publication here.




GRATIS: In your achievements, find fulfillment. And, in the life you are creating, seek a path that leaves you fulfilled and you will achieve that which is paramount.


My best to you,

David Almeida


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