Why Success Won’t Make You Happy

When (insert important objective), I’ll be happy.

When (insert important objective), I’ll be happy.

You might be telling yourself this every day, if you are, keep on reading.

As a South African, who has been employed full-time since the age of 14, I’ve had the pleasure of working with people from cultures ranging from Zulu, Venda, Zimbabwean to American and Japanese.

This year I decided to dedicate a month towards finding the happy-spot in my life’s Venn Diagram. This proved to be much harder than I first thought.

Here’s what I came up with

  1. I do work that won’t leave me exhausted (mentally or physically)
  2. I make every encounter, with whomever, as memorable as possible, offer something without expecting anything
  3. Live on purpose, pause when possible, stop when not. Nothing I schedule today, or tomorrow is more important that making a lasting impression with what I am doing right now

The most mind-blowing thing I realized when I thought back on my life was that every experience that took my breath away was entirely unplanned, unscheduled and unexpected.

Anything can happen Thursday 😉

Originally published at medium.com

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