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I have really bad news.

But first, I’m going to tell you a quick story.

When I was in college, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after graduation. I pulled a few graduate students together, into a panel, and asked them questions.

One grad student said something that really resonated with me.

She said:

“there’s no job in the world that will make you happy, unless you’re already happy.”

– Helen G.

Whoa. That really stood out.

Let’s be clear, if you’re a coal miner and you get the black lung, I think we can agree that you have a crummy job and you’d be much happier somewhere else.

The point that this grad student was making was that I had only considered external factors in the creation of my happiness. I had never considered all of the internal factors, and those were even more powerful.

My point in telling you this story is to ask you a question about your work, your productivity, and your impact.

It’s not the job that makes us happy, it’s how we see ourselves in our jobs.

It’s not the career that makes us happy, it’s all of the experiences we have and relationships we build that make us feel happy.

2 Minute Action:

So, today, I’d like you to take 2 minutes out of your day and consider some of the things that truly make you happy. Look outside yourself, but also look inside yourself.

Go ahead, make a list. I love lists.

When you see the full scope of what makes you feel alive, you’ll be able to diversify your sources of happiness.

I know it’s scary, but it’s important.

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