Traci Schubert Barrett had an enviable life. She was part of the team that launched and led HGTV. The home decor cable channel became a phenomenon and Schubert Barrett was one of the executives at the helm. At the peak of her success, she quit her job and walked away. Disillusioned by the promise that we can have it all, Schubert Barrett began to evaluate the cost of success.

She reflects, “Rather than feeling the satisfaction I was promised upon reaching the pinnacle of success, I was burnt out, on autopilot, and depleted. I wanted to face plant onto the floor. I had checked all the boxes, yet I felt unsatisfied and restless. I knew everyone was only getting a fraction of me. I didn’t want that for my family, team, or company. Life seemed to be living me rather than me living it.”

In a recent article in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, Schubert Barrett explains how she forged her own definition of success. Read her entire article here.