To be truly successful you must be who you are at heart. Whether it is a personal or professional brand you can’t fake the truth. If your passion is not what you are doing everyday then you will not the best you can be. This is so vitally important when determining how to achieve happiness. We can go through our lives looking for that next little high, whether it be that HDTV purchase or that next bottle of wine, these glimpses of joy are just fleeting moments that will never help us to achieve long term happiness. If you strive to just be who you are and engage your passions, by making them what you do, then you might be able to find some long-term happiness.
As a family man and business professional I am on the constant search for happiness. Why do I say search? Because I have yet to attain long-term happiness. I have moments of euphoria with my wife and son that I wouldn’t trade for the world and have days of great pleasure at work; I still have lots of bad days. I think part of it is that I have a bad case of digital ADD. I suppose most people that work in tech do. There are such an enormous number of topics to learn that you always feel behind. The other reason I often falter in my happiness as I fret and spend large amounts of energy on things that aren’t my passion. I may enjoy creating and solving problems; I certainly don’t enjoy billing and wasting time in unproductive meetings. Not to say I don’t really enjoy personal conversations. There are times I learn more from them then I do from business related matters. After all, the greatest way to study the human condition is to be part of it.
If I can find ways to spend more of my energy being who I am and doing the things that are my passion my journey will be successful. I think deep down in our core we all simply want to be happy. And unless we follow or own hearts and march to the beat of our internal drums we will never achieve it.