Key to Happiness

Many people claim to have a foolproof formula for success, happiness, wealth, or some other highly sought after pinnacle of achievement. They sell books, give motivational speeches, and teach workshops to help others attain what they have already found. I used to buy into dreams being sold by these people. I truly believed that getting what you wanted out of life was simply a matter of taking all the right steps and having the right mindset. To me, failure to achieve success or happiness was a direct result of something I had obviously done wrong. I wanted to believe these people could show me exactly what I had to do to become one of them.

After what seems like trying and failing with 622 different foolproof formulas prescribed by others, I am now on formula 623 concocted by none other than yours truly. No matter how closely I tried to follow the advice of these so-called gurus who promised me I could have the world if I only adhered to every word written in every book they have published, I found myself no closer to my own goals and occasionally even further away than I was before.

It took me a long time to realize that self-help advice could never tell me what I needed to know about myself and the best approach for me as an individual to take in the pursuit my very unique ambitions. After all, everyone is different so how could one person ever provide a formula for success that would complement every type of personality and personal situation? This seems obvious now, but I find a lot of people neglect to consider this and I was among them.

It’s easy to see others doing well and assume that if you emulate them, you can have what they have. But let’s not forget about the many factors that lay outside of our control, such as luck and coincidence. Don’t underestimate how far being in the right place at the right time can get you. While you can argue that successful people create opportunities for themselves (and I do not disagree), that doesn’t change the fact that there is still some degree of chance involved when it comes to have the right opportunity present itself at the right time. Some people can spend a lifetime opening doors before coming to the right one.

This blog is about my pursuit of my goals on my own terms. I am going to create my own formula for success based on my understanding of myself, my situation, and what does and does not work for me. I suspect it will be a work in progress for a long time, and I doubt it is foolproof, but in the end, I know this is the right approach for me to take if I want to achieve my dreams. Follow me as I develop and test the effectiveness of formula #623.

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