Which Came First: Happiness or Success?

4 Apr

Life's Path

Many apologies for my blogging absence as of late.  I usually try to write about marketing / branding but this post will be a bit more personal.  I’m writing today after more than a year long struggle to get back to MY happy.  “My happy” is a place where I feel content, safe, free from emotional burdens, lighter, and younger.  Life is not perfect, but I finally feel like I’m in a good place.

To be honest, staying positive is not always easy for me.  Like many young professionals (and others alike), the economy and job market haven’t always been my favor, and sometimes (or a LOT of times) it’s easy to get discouraged.  As kids we dreamt of all the great things that were to come after graduating college; the first REAL job, building up your savings, getting a new car, or traveling.  Whatever the previous plan was, it sadly may not be the reality today.

How do we get over this?  How do we keep our spirits up while adjusting our expectations?  How do we make the most of what we have RIGHT NOW?  I’ll be the first to let you know that I’m taking suggestions and still trying to figure it out for myself, but here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

Life is what you make of it.  There will never be just one picture of the world because there is no guaranteed consistency between our individual perceptions.   Happiness depends on how you take things in.  This way of thinking will be the key to my success.

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

Best,

Germaine

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4 Responses to “Which Came First: Happiness or Success?”

  1. Tim Ruswick (@WebVitals) April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    “there is no guaranteed consistency between our individual perceptions”

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Perception is actually more important than reality, because does it really matter if something is there if everyone on the planet besides you cant see it? No…perception is the critical piece.

    If you look at life as a series of random events that you have no control over, you become reactive. You react to what happens so what actually happens controls where you go in life.

    If you look at life as something that you have control over, and if you really believe you can change it, modify it and make it something great, you become PROactive. meaning instead of dealing with shit that happened, you make shit happen.

    Happiness is a state of mind. Because like I said the other day on twitter, The happiest people don’t HAVE the best of everything, they just MAKE the best of everything. There are multi-billionaires that are miserable, and there are people that cant afford their next mean and couldn’t be happier.

    The bottom line is that you have to take life by the horns and steer your destiny, and have a little fun while you’re at it.

    😉

  2. Stephen April 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Germaine thanks for this blog post. I’m going through a similar feeling and appreciate seeing someone else vocalizing the child to adult situation all us GenYs find ourselves in. Good luck with your pursuit, I find exercise, eating well, and getting sleep also help keep you motivated and happy about life.

    • Germaine Ngana April 16, 2012 at 1:11 am #

      Stephen,

      You are exactly right. Lately I’ve been eating much healthier and exercising more. I also try to also think positively as the energy from our thoughts is extremely powerful.

      -Germaine

  3. Shari April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Very true, very profound….very perceptive! You’ve got one great head on those shoulders!

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