Over my holiday, I read my friend and Sunday Times bestselling author Emma Gannon’s new manual for life, The Success Myth, cover to cover. You might have read one of Emma’s other books including The Multi-Hyphen Method, her novel Olive or her Substack,
Personally I don’t think you could be less middling (or a more effortful mother) if you tried BUT!!! Also with you on the not losing things, managing anxiety, and recalibrating the idea of success 💕
Katherine this such a beautiful piece! I love that the book provided a jumping off point re these reflections, thank you for sharing so generously. I loved reading this. Resonate with so much. ❤️
I read your column religiously every Sunday night when breastfeeding my 3rd little baby boy to sleep and often want to comment but never have until now - I love your writing and this piece is so beautiful and really resonates. You write about your words reaching and connecting with people - and they definitely do me, so thank you x
Resonating as always… but can we actually explore the idea of a KO podcast more please? I would be a subscriber!
The final sentence 🙌
Exactly this. Firstly, your writing has always caught my attention and I think you’re way above the middle. You definitely weren’t middling in your Pilates! And I prefer non-commercial. Its way cooler 😬
Secondly this piece is me too! The only difference is I’m in the wellness industry. It’s all about following, and creating online studios and partnerships. It seems like that is success and those instructors seem to get all the opportunities. But I see clients, every day, in the flesh. I help them out of pain and fall in love with their body. And I love every moment of it. And get paid for it. Grid life gets me down and doing this work to build a following feels unauthentic to the art. Anyway, lots more to talk about on this topic privately. You’re not middling, you’re on top.
What an honest piece - it really resonated with me, thank you. Getting over yourself is such an important skill, and a lesson that makes it easier to move on, rather than looking back
Firstly: I think you are doing beautifully Katherine.
Secondly: I also want to read the Emma Gannon book on success- she writes both effortlessly and her books are pretty timeless.
And now re-reading this deeper, the middle graphs, the middling--all of it. I relate so very much to the trade offs and acceptance. This particularly hit me just right: "In careers, things change and I am exponentially a better writer, happier in myself and more financially and emotionally secure than when I was deemed more important professionally."
You have a job you love which you do extremely well. Openly honest, relatable and raw (such is life!) you put your time and effort into your job which is a passion and pays the bills and do it with aplomb all the while caring for your family. That’s success to me! I’ve screenshot the last caption as a reminder to myself. Thank you x
LOVE this, bravo. (I had to google KPI.)
Amazing piece, so inspiring. Thank you 😊
Love this. You are enough, we are all enough!
Thank you for that very important reminder! ❤️
I already very much wanted to read Emma's new book (and everything she writes) but now I'm wishing I had it in my lap for the weekend.