success vs. happiness

December 18th, 2008


Lately I’ve come across a lot of people who claim not to be doing what they want in life, hence one of the main reasons why I started doing my group sessions.  Although I don’t have a “one size fits all’ solution”, I do believe it starts with really knowing what you want out of life.

A recent conversation with one of my fellow thinkers brought me to the conclusion that most people have simply become better at NOT doing what they want in life.  I know this sounds really simple, but how can you do what you want in life when you’re not doing what you want in life?  It is absolutely necessary to first define your goal and then make sure that every step moving forward is towards it.

And understand that success does not automatically equate to happiness, so be sure to align your actions with something that you’re truly passionate about.  Trust me when I say it not only makes your journey easier, but more worth while.  A quote by fellow thinker Dale Carnegie comes to mind that says, “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

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  • 1. leandra  |  December 18th, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Oooh…great ideas that you KNOW I needed to hear just about now. I think for me the problem is just what you said: identifying what I want. I’m way too general in defining what I want to do or have. The array of possibilities dizzies me. Why am i so perplexed by choice?

  • 2. Appeal  |  December 18th, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    I agree with the final statement.

  • 3. Mo  |  December 18th, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Yea, final statement is money.

    I think doing what you want to do is the harder path most of the time. There’s so much pressure to make money first, happiness(a.k.a. comfort) later that its a risk, to stray off the beaten path.

    There’s a certain fear of failure, I think. I mean if you love something so much, and you don’t succeed at it, what do you do?

    Not to say that this fear is founded, but very often are our fears unfounded.

  • 4. Jordan  |  December 18th, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    This reminds me of a framed piece of art on my wall that says, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

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