“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success” —Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet
Love this quote.
A dear friend of mine is by all measures very successful; retired at under 30, living on a tropical island doing nothing but surfing while his business works for him somewhere at the other side of the globe.
Yet he’s unhappy. He’s bored out of his mind and has no idea what to do next.
Is he successful?
Does that make him happy?
No. Far from it.
Happiness is a complicated concept, that I cannot pretend to fully grasp. But that’s the point; we need to remind ourselves that success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is something everyone should find their own way of seeking, working towards and creating. How? I don’t know. I’m still looking.
I’ve already been successful & miserable. I did that for almost two years when I was working for corporate (see Let’s Face It – Time To Move On & my personal story). That didn’t quite work out.
Now I’m trying to be successful, but more importantly happy. Ending up miserable is the ultimate failure.