“So, Chris, what happens when work goes away?”
I was talking to a mentor, sharing how I derived most of my happiness from my work.
I was sharing the intense responsibility I felt for helping people and the immense sense of purpose I got from executing at a high level.
Then he asked this tough question and he was right.
It’s like finance. I diversify my investments so that if any individual one of them incurs a loss, I don’t lose everything. This helps my odds of having a successful outcome.
But why wasn’t I doing this for my sources of happiness?
It was time to get intentional about being happy.
Realizing that made it clear that I had never made happiness a priority.
And that’s really the punchline, here.
2 Minute Action
Write a quick list of the things you do right now that make you happy.
Is it more than 1? More than 3?
It’s up to you to decide how many sources of happiness you might need. I feel like at least 3 are necessary.
If you only have 1 right now, that’s okay. It’s time to look inside yourself and ask “what makes me come alive?”
And then go for it.