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Always Happy – Never Content

“I find it very difficult just to sit. I would love to learn
how to do that with contentment.” Hume Cronyn.

Many say contentment is the key to happiness. I couldn’t disagree more. If contentment makes you happy you are living a life of false happiness. Sooner or later you’ll realize it’s a nothing but a mirage. Better sooner than later so you still have time to do something with your life and find genuine happiness.

Happiness through contentment is similar to being a happy drunk. It feels good but it’s not real. It’s empty, short-lived and a total waste of time.

Happiness feeds on achievements not contentment:

My happiness feeds on my achievements in life and boy it consumes a lot of them. My happiness needs to be fed daily and generously to keep shining. I strive every day to be a better father, husband, entrepreneur, athlete and friend. Every time I reach a new milestone I look ahead to the next one. I’m never content with what I reach or achieve. I always want more – to reach higher, farther – to be better, stronger. While this kind of attitude makes some people miserable, for me it keeps me happy because I always feel like I’m on the move either physically, emotionally, socially or morally. Standing still, facing another day with the same status quo petrifies me.
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10 reasons I left a highly paid job in pursuit of happiness

Did you get goosebumps during that moment of the Pursuit of Happyness movie when Chris Gardner (Will Smith) cried when offered a permanent job with Dean Witter Reynolds? That was Gardner’s moment of happiness. Mine was quite the contrary.

The title of my blog post is slightly misleading. I didn’t exactly quit my job. It was a period when I was disengaged and ready to leave and was hoping my employer would offer me a generous exit package. He did, and I took it.

Apart from a short interim in a local small business, I’ve spent my entire employed life at the same company. Ten years in total. I started young and moved up the ladder pretty fast. The region I worked for was on a growth spurt, and business was effortless. I didn’t experience the struggles of young professionals: I started with a very decent salary that grew exponentially fast. I had authority and responsibility at a very early stage. And with company paid trips, I traveled the world in business class, learned to appreciate a Dom Pérignon for breakfast and stayed at the most luxurious hotels on the planet. And cherry on the cake, I was well perceived and was doing my job with tremendous ease and speed. That gave me some privileges like leaving office on time to go for my daily bicycle training or being assigned the most exciting projects. For a while, I thought I was happy at work, but as I matured and started to look at life differently, I quickly realized I was miserable. The problem was not my employer. The problem was being an employee. It was time to free myself from the corporate world. These are the 10 reasons employment made me miserable: Continue Reading