Is what I thought about two years ago when in a moment I actually realised that money doesn’t lead to happiness.
Sure, we’ve all been told this. But does a young entrepreneur really believe it? Or is this a lesson some of us have to learn experientially?
I’d worked my ass off for a long time to get my income to a level that I was happy with; I had the house and car I wanted, and I found myself thinking about another car I wanted.
That’s when I caught myself.
Delaying my happiness to an event in the future.
It’s tempting to do, because it takes the responsibility off being happy now.
And there’s always another ‘thing’ to get.
I’m glad I realised at the age of 36 that delaying happiness for a future event is a hiding to nothing.
Because I’ve got a lot more years to work on being as happy as I know how in the moment.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people who loves failure.
Challenges are a daily phenomenon for the entrepreneur.
Heaven is not wanting to be anywhere else.
That brings out our best.
We’ve all heard the statement, the ends justifies the means.
If you want to do anything extraordinary, it’s likely that you’re going to need to break some rules.
Sometimes, I don’t have anything to add.