Success Vs Happiness...It's a Thing


In today's blog post, we're diving deep into a topic that's often intertwined but deserves separate consideration.

Success versus happiness

With the new year underway, many of us are setting goals and aspirations, both personally and professionally. It's a perfect time to explore this distinction and ensure we're on the right track from the start.

In conversations with clients, friends, and peers, it's clear that many desire both success and happiness, yet often these desires lack clear definition. It's common to blur the lines between these concepts, assuming they're one and the same. However, this conflation is a significant error that requires correction.

Let's examine success and happiness

While they're frequently portrayed as inseparable, it's essential to recognize their distinctions. Success is often associated with wealth, fame, and achievement, while happiness is characterized by contentment and delight. These definitions highlight their separate paths in the journey of life.

When defining success for yourself

Consider whether it's solely linked to material wealth and possessions. Similarly, reflect on whether you've tied your happiness to achieving some distant milestone, delaying joy in the process. It's a common tendency, conditioned by societal norms, but it's crucial to break free from this pattern.

Success should be defined deliberately, based on your own values and aspirations

It's not a predetermined societal construct but rather a personal achievement. Happiness, on the other hand, is a choice—one that's available regardless of external circumstances.

Consider this

Happiness often precedes success. Research suggests that a positive mindset can lead to greater achievements. Therefore, prioritizing happiness can set the stage for success, rather than the other way around.

In my view, happiness is a daily choice, independent of external circumstances. It's about managing our minds and choosing joy, even amidst challenges. Success, meanwhile, is a deliberate pursuit based on our own terms and definitions.

Achieving success doesn't guarantee lasting happiness

Happiness an ongoing journey rather than a destination. Happiness isn't a reward for achieving success; it's a foundation upon which success can be built.

So, why pursue success if you're already happy?

Because success isn't about chasing happiness—it's about expressing it. By embracing happiness along the journey, we become the architects of our success stories.

As you define success for yourself, remember to prioritize happiness along the way. Your journey should be guided by joy, fulfillment, and authenticity. Here's to rewriting the script on success, embracing happiness, and focusing forward on your unique path to fulfillment.

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