Most people have a strong desire to be successful in life and they tend to believe that through this success they will automatically become happier. Success is a very individual thing and so is its definition but do we really understand the difference between success and happiness?
Over the millennials, humans have created a system that determines how our lives should be and what we need to believe in order to be successful. The reality we think we created for ourselves is in fact educated into us by our parents, teachers, work bosses, social media, and computer algorithms. We end up creating an opinion that has not been upgraded for centuries and has been passed on from one generation to another. At a very young age, we create a model of the world and we carry that vision with us for the rest of our lives. It never occurs to us to question those believes as we grow older.
We measure success on a scale of money, education, and the networks created. There is a common belief that the higher we score on that scale, the better chances we have for future success and general satisfaction.
Take a moment and reflect on those beliefs and see if they really work for you and make your life whole, or are there other things that are perhaps more important to live a healthier, happier life? Analyze your daily routine and the things you do to function as a human. Question the way you wake up, eat, love, treat others, commute to work, and the way you actually make money?
Ask yourself if your way of life is a conscious choice of yours or do you just blindly follow things that everyone else around you is doing?
Chances are that you want both happiness and success in your life. At times those two things seem contradictory, yet it is possible to build a harmonious whole between the two of them. Designing the 5 P’s of Life program was certainly not a coincidence and neither is you reading about it at this moment. For Ted and myself, it is an opportunity to make a difference, and for you... it is a choice of taking this opportunity and make a difference for yourself, your loved ones, and your organization.
Success doesn’t necessarily make people happier, but happiness on the other hand always leads to success.