Happiness. We all seek it. We call it many things: money, security, family, achievement... but it is happiness we want in the end.
We require money to live in this world and it can be very useful for achieving worthwhile goals. Men like Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Warren Buffet and many others are using their money to better the world.
Security is nice. It pulls us out of survival mode and allows us to perform art and meaningful things with our time.
Family can give us a sense of well being and bring meaning to our lives.
Achievement can measure our effectiveness in this world but is not foolproof. We have to be careful about the metrics we are using to measure our achievement and be sure they have any bearings on our end goals.
All of these things are nice and are a part of life. They are tools to be used to achieve our goals and can lead to happiness, but let us not confuse them with the goal. It's easy to get lost. They say the road to hell was paved with good intentions.
Identify your core values. Look deeply. Are you on track?
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Posted by Dan Garner