the pursuit of happiness

A movie came out a while back titled The Pursuit of Happiness. It was a fantastic movie about a guy that went from nothing and had huge amounts of financial success. I remember watching it in high school or so and being inspired. This scene in particular was great.

I love that scene because it reminds me that whatever I decide I want to do, I just need to do it. I don’t need to worry about what others say or think. Overly analyzing plans or different avenues to get there. I just need to take action and go after it.

One particular thing I don’t enjoy about that movie is that it makes it seem that happiness is all about the outcome. In the case of this movie it was financial success. While I certainly would agree that this lines up very well with the typical “American Dream” its not really what I believe happiness is.

I love to get better. I believe one of the reasons I push myself so hard is because it forces me to grow. I’ve been through a lot of tough times in college and in the first few years of my career. I can honestly say that these times have molded me more than anything else. Because of that, I am constantly looking to be challenged. I feel that if I’m not challenged then I am not pushing myself to become a better me.

For me, happiness is in the pursuit. Happiness is the satisfaction of sitting at home at 730 pm on a Saturday night writing a blog post (which is what I’m currently doing). Its waking up at 530am every day to knock out my morning routine and jump into the day. Most importantly, happiness is developing relationships with my wife, children and those that surround me in hopes that I can make their lives a little better. Happiness is certainly not about the outcome and its certainly not solely about finances. If it were, I believe the world would have been happy a long time ago.

4 thoughts on “the pursuit of happiness”

  1. I completely agree with you. It’s not often you hear someone admit that most of the happiness comes in trying to find happiness. People often ask me how I can stand going back to college after sacrificing so many years to it in the past, but it’s going after those small goals that keep me busy, happy, and satisfied with my life. Happiness is in the routine of working hard and going to bed totally spent at night.

    You hit the nail on the head here.

    1. Liz! You rock! Thanks so much for the kind words. You are absolutely right. Few things in life are actually about the destination. Even becoming debt free is about becoming a person that develops habits to save money and pay down liabilities rather than a debt free person.

      Thanks again! Good luck with school!

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