First, the Beatles informed us that money can’t buy love, and in yet another blow to money, Warren Buffett tells us it can’t buy happiness either. He said, doubling your net worth won’t make you won’t make you happier.
I spend a good amount of time thinking about how I can help people to lead more contented lives. Lives in which they wake up inspired to go to work, are fully engaged while they’re there and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. The reality is, most of us spend more time at work than anything else. A second reality is, many of us don’t enjoy the work we’re doing.
If getting rich is your desired endgame, Buffett still advocates for happiness along the way. Instead of letting your happiness be defined by what you don’t have or how quickly you make money, Buffett said “you can have a lot of fun while you’re getting rich.”
Or, instead of letting happiness be defined by the amount of money we make, which sometimes leads us to work that we don’t enjoy, which takes us away from what we do enjoy, perhaps a change of perspective would be beneficial.
In my recent podcast with Louis Efron, VP of Teammate experience at DaVita Kidney Care, you’re professional happiness all comes down to meaning. The more you’re able to connect to your purpose, the better. Do you know and embrace the purpose of the company you work with? Have you taken the time to explore your own purpose? Louis encouraged people to think about what truly gets them out of bed in the morning (not the alarm clock) and to think about what they’re truly best at. From there, have conversations about that purpose with your family, friends, coworkers and managers. This will help you to both personally and professionally align.
Life’s to short not to feel good about what you do.
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Click on on the links below to listen to my podcast on Finding Your Purpose with Louis Efron.