Inspirational author Laura Gassner Otting discusses how to rethink success

The author opens up about her new book "Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life" live on "GMA."
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Now to a little morning motivation from the woman redefining success and discovering what it really means to be happy. Author Laura Gassner with her book "Limitless: How to ignore everybody, carve your own path, and live your best life." Thank you. All right. I love this. Your book is inspiring people to make big changes based on the idea that success is not -- success is not making us happy. I spent 0 years doing executive search for people at the top of their game and they were super successful which is why I was talking to them. They weren't always happy which is why they were talking to me and I was fascinated by this idea that success didn't always equal happiness. And I think we've all seen versions of that so you went in to figure out why and how we can fix this so you write that we have to learn to ignore everybody else in order to define hour own happiness. How do we do that. It starts by no longer giving votes to people in our lives that shouldn't have voices and that includes the one in our own head too. I heard, hmm. True, true, true. I know, so it sounds like an easy concept but not necessarily easy to execute. Here's why. We have these score cards, ballots and checklists we've been carrying around in our back pocket since before we remember how we got them, maybe it was a teacher or boss or parent, you need to, you should, get the right job, have the right house, have the right spouse, make the right money, have the right title. All these things and you're like, well, maybe. You think they'll make you happy. But this all out monolithic pursuit of success in fact allows you to go I built this great life. Now what? But it was made for somebody else. Right, right. Okay, so I want a show of hands. I'm hearing a lot of rye Jackson. How many here have let other people's versions of success influence what you chose to do in your life? We have -- okay, we have a decent amount of hand. For how many of you how many of those digs caused you happiness, caused you joy, caused you fulfillment. No more hands. That's pretty significant. Right. Wow, all right. So we'll walk over here. We have a ballot box. You'll show us something that will visualize what you're talking about here. All right. So here's what I want you to do. I want you to take everybody else's votes, okay, all those things that are supposed to be so important to what's going to make you happy. And get rid of it. There you go. It's that easy, just say I'm done with this. I'm done with this. What are your tips to carving your own path? If you're not listening to everybody else how do you carve your own path? You have to start by asking yourselves very simple question, number one, what's going to cause me joy? What's going -- when am I at my very best? What actually matters to me? And then what are you doing now today right now in order to help you be that person, to spend more time as that person because when you're there actually having success in that way is going to make you limitless. All right. I love it. I want to be limitless. Laura, thank you so much. We appreciate your time and you too can learn about becoming limitless by taking Laura's assessment on our website at "Limitless" is out now and for our audience today, guess what, you are all getting your own

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