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.
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.
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.