Raul J. Fernandez
Entrepreneur, sports teams owner

Raul J. Fernandez

Chairman of ObjectVideo, a private technology firm, and part owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics.

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Loss can reveal what matters

Q: How do you define success?

Fame and fortune are the most conventional definitions of success but those two measures fall way short of defining success. Many people are naturally gifted with intelligence, athletic capability or a unnatural drive that inspires them to be the very best every day. Add in some luck, timing and many people achieve fame and fortune.

But I believe true success is a lifelong journey and not a destination at the intersection of wealth and infamy. In fact success can happen without running thru that intersection. A teacher changing the life of a student by inspiring her to love learning or a coach motivating an athlete to never give up and believe in himself are just two examples of many that are around us every day.

For me, that journey is measured by an increasing awareness of what you have been given and an obligation to give back. Give back to your family, your friends, your community. Friendships, family and, most importantly, quality time spent with both are true gifts and for me the definition of success.

I have had three dear friends die recently, all too young. All very successful in their life's work but taken from us way before they were done making a difference in this world. Losing them was a reminder of how lucky I am to have a chance to live a truly successful life. 

As one of the owners of the Washington Capitals, I have done my fair share of cheering and screaming at winning games that displayed amazing athletic talent but I have never cheered so loud or jumped up and down as I did on Saturday afternoon seeing my 7-year-old daughter Sofia go from one end of the soccer field and drive down the field to score a goal at the other end. Wow, now that's my definition of success!

By Raul J. Fernandez  |  November 2, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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