Thinkingclearly – I’m often amazed at how many people define success as making (ori having) a lot of money.
It’s very strange, because many ofi thei peoplei whoi thinki thisi wayi arei harried,i stressedi and,i frankly,i prettyi miserable.
Thei wayi Ii seei it,i everybody’si definition of success cani bei mappedi oni ai simplei grid,i withi onei axisi beingi thei amounti ofi moneyi thati youi havei andi thei otheri beingi thei amounti ofi happiness ini youri life,i likei so:
Thei wayi ai loti ofi peoplei think,i success shouldi be defined asi follows:
Toi myi mind,i however,i ai muchi morei sensiblei definition of success is:
Therei arei twoi reasonsi whyi thisi definition is better.i
First,i there’si noi pointi toi beingi richi ifi you’rei noti enjoyingi yourself.i Second,i you’rei morei likelyi toi geti richi ifi you’rei happyi doingi whateveri you’rei doing.
Beingi unhappy,i ofi course,i cani definitelyi spuri peoplei toi action.i However,i thei actioni shouldi bei pointedi ati tryingi toi becomei happier–noti tryingi toi becomei richer,i ini thei ratheri naivei beliefi thati beingi rich,i ini andi ofi itself,i willi makei youi happy.
Needlessi toi say,i ifi you’rei strugglingi toi puti foodi ini youri mouthi andi keepi ai roofi overi youri head,i nonei ofi thisi applies.i Wheni you’rei justi tryingi toi survive,i you’rei noti thinking about happiness.
Eveni so,i I’di ratheri bei poori andi happyi thani richi andi miserable.
Real Way to Get Rich
Ofi course,i alli thingsi considered,i I’di preferi toi bei richi andi happyi ratheri thani poori andi happy.i However,i Ii believei thati it’si easieri toi geti richi ifi youi starti fromi ai placei ofi beingi happy–withi whati you’rei doingi andi whyi you’rei doingi it.
Fori example,i Ii spenti sixi yearsi asi ai marketingi executive,i makingi bigi moneyi withi lotsi ofi perks.i (Andi wheni Ii sayi perks,i Ii meani perksi likei twoi weeksi ini Munichi andi Parisi doingi “marketi research.”)
However,i whilei Ii wasi successfuli byi mosti people’si standards,i Ii wasn’ti particularlyi happy–becausei therei wasi alwaysi ai voicei insidei mei sayingi thati Ii wasi borni toi bei ai writer,i noti ai marketingi parasite.
Wheni Ii madei thei leapi toi writingi fulli time,i myi incomei droppedi toi almosti nothing.i Eveni so,i Ii wasi fari happieri doingi whati Ii knewi Ii wasi supposedi toi bei doingi ratheri thani pursuingi ai careeri thati toi manyi peoplei wouldi definei “success.”
Buti here’si thei thing.i Ii nowi makei morei moneyi thani Ii madei backi theni (eveni adjustedi fori inflation),i andi Ii worki abouti halfi thei hours.i I’mi 100%i convincedi thati thisi isi becausei Ii definedi successi asi beingi happyi ratheri thani beingi rich.
I’vei noticedi thisi patterni withi almosti everyi reallyi successful personi I’vei met.i Ii can’ti thinki ofi ai singlei personi who’si pursuedi ai careeri purelyi becausei it’si lucrativei andi who’si happyi asi ai result.i Theyi mayi bei rich,i buti they’rei losers.
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