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We’ve all heard this before: To change the world, we need to use our passion as our North Star, and let our happiness be the measuring stick of our success. The truth is that happiness is not the goal of our human existence.
Making happiness the goal of our lives is tantamount to embarking on a fool’s errand that is sure to leave us disappointed. In fact, recent research suggests that making happiness our life’s goal may ironically lead to less happiness and backfire in harmful ways.
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Happiness is not the goal, but rather a byproduct of living on what I call the “purpose path.”
This requires “vocational courage” — gaining clarity about the work you were made to do and committing to it no matter what. This is more than simply attending to one’s passions — this is discover...
This is the essence of vocational courage. It is recognizing when there is a gap between what you’re doing and what you believe you’re made to do. For some, it may mean switching companies to work for a more purpo...
Each of us has a vocation — a unique, worthwhile life’s work we are called to undertake at this moment in human history. So instead of orienting our lives around our passions and the pursuit of happiness, let’s commit our...
Character is forged in the face of adversity. When that harsh reality sets in, it can leave happiness-seekers feeling hoodwinked, empty, and rudderless.
The very adversity we often wish to circumnavigate has the potential to produce within us the grit, resilience, and character we need to ...
Though many people make the pursuit of happiness their life’s goal, recent research suggests that doing so may backfire and, ironically, lead to less happiness.
Because life is filled with various challenges, people may be better off pursuing purpose than chasing passion, building the resil...
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The traditional approach to goal-setting is measured by one thing: the outcome.
This goal-setting approach is problematic for three reasons:
Finding this passion is in most cases a process of discovery, followed by a lengthier period of interest development, cultivation, and refinement. What separates the grittiest from the rest is their capacity to stick at interests for the long term identifying nuances that keep them intere...
The problem with “work-life balance” is that the forces of work and life don’t exist in equilibrium.
At times, our careers will have an outsized influence on our decision-making. Other times, we’ll set work aside to enjoy life’s many pleasures or deal with its potential h...
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