If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?
I can’t tell you how often I see this picture. A talented, driven human being, determined to get out of the proverbial rat race or hamster wheel (pick your analogy), works hard and reaches tremendous success - only to find themselves a decade later on a “premium version” of the same hamster wheel dissatisfied with the outcome.
If “most men lead a life of quiet desperation,” you should use your success and resources to not be with most men rather than doing the same thing only on a “higher level.”
Of course, this is not really a mystery. Most men (and women) seek happiness; it’s deeply engrained as, I am convinced, a longing for our natural state. Studies show it to be a universal human desire across cultures and geography.
On earth as it is in heaven - is not only a prayer, it’s a quest.
The way off the hamster wheel is not a mystery if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Both modern science and ancient wisdom offer surprisingly harmonious answers and actionable strategies, defying the stereotypical conflict between faith and science.
I find it endlessly fulfilling to discuss this with the top experts in the world.
Raj Raghunathan - a professor at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, asks the Million Dollar Question, “If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?” - It’s the title of his book I wish I had read when I was entertaining millions as a recording artist, living my childhood dreams in real life - and profoundly miserable.
Shameless plug alert.
The “life of quiet desperation” was left behind years ago and gave way to a life of wholeness, high impact, and consistent happiness. A journey I am now coaching others in through my Xponential Life program. It takes a lot of courage and massive action to make foundational changes; if you feel ready for such courage - check it out.
End of the shameless plug.
Watch my conversation with Raj as we discuss this stunning phenomenon - why very smart and accomplished people find it hard to achieve this universally desired state of being - happiness.