The Happiness Quote that Killed the Happiness Definition

As the years pass, I am coming to know the true meaning of success, or more specifically the relationship between success and happiness. In the spirit of the time-honored question, “What came first, the Chicken or the egg?” What comes first, success or happiness?

Herman Cain, newspaper columnist, businessman, politician, and radio talk-show host from Atlanta, Georgia, probably said it best when he recited the ultimate success definition… uh… err… the ultimate happiness definition:

happiness definition happiness quoteAs the years pass, I am coming to know the true meaning of success, or more specifically the relationship being successful and being happy. In the spirit of the time-honored question, “What came first, the Chicken or the egg?” What comes first, success or happiness?

Herman Cain, newspaper columnist, businessman, politician, and radio talk-show host from Atlanta, Georgia, probably said it best when he recited the ultimate success definition… uh… err… the ultimate happiness definition:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Cain’s happiness quote killed my happiness definition, and his happiness quote now captures the essence of what I’m committed to here at theDoOverGuy.com. For a great portion of my life, and perhaps the very reason I had to start life over in the first place, I pursued success for the sake of being successful because I thought it would make me happy. To be successful was my happiness definition.

Living a life to be successful can, and often does, lead to doing things you don’t like doing. Ironically, this creates the opposite of a happy life. Logically, although not obviously to most, doing what you love is what will create your biggest successes. In fact, if you do what you love, you’ll never work (do things you don’t like doing) another day in your life. That’s not “armchair rhetoric,” by the way. It is fact. Yes, I know… you’ve heard something to the effect of that happiness definition before.

So, why are you getting up every day doing what you don’t like doing? To know and not do, is to not know. This is NOT your “know over,” it’s your “do over.” Embrace the happiness quote I mentioned above. It’s time to elevate your standards and refuse to tolerate a life of anything less than doing what you love.

So, stop it!

  • Stop taking your strengths for granted.
  • Stop softening your strengths with a weakness.
  • Stop doubting how good you are. Everyone is better than they think.
  • Stop getting embarrassed about tooting your own horn. Don’t be obnoxious about it, but don’t be afraid to acknowledge your skills and talents.
  • Stop tolerating a life of anything less than doing what you love, no matter what anyone says. It’s your life. “Do Over,” if you must.

Okay, now what?

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