The Happy Secret of Success

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“Now and then, it is a good idea to take a break from the constant pursuit of happiness, to just… BE happy.”
– Dan Sullivan

The Pursuit of Happiness

I love this quote from Dan Sullivan, and have it taped to my computer monitor at work. It seems like so many people are running so hard to achieve the things they believe will make them happy.

In particular, since most of us naturally equate happiness with more career success and more money, everyone you meet seems in such a crazed rush to push themselves harder, to make more money, and to accumulate more wealth so that they can finally be happy.

This quote challenges us to think about how we are defining our happiness, and if it is possible that our constant pursuit of “success” is leaving us no time or energy to actually just…. BE happy.

Do we have it backwards?

As a financial advisor, my job is to counsel clients about methods and strategies to help them build more financial wealth, so that they can be happier. However, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to achieve happiness, and the ultimate “wealth” lies in our ability to live a happy life. Sometimes we have a tendency to get things backwards, as Sean Achor tells us in this amazing talk on the subject of being happy. Enjoy:


About the Author:

Erik is one of the co-founders of Concentus Wealth Advisors and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the firm. With over 25 years of industry experience, Erik guides the firm’s overall strategy. After graduating from Amherst College in 1991, Erik spent a year working with Rittenhouse Capital Management, before joining Gerald in 1992. Erik currently holds his general securities registrations and insurance licenses, as well as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. In addition to his formal designations, Erik has appeared on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange, Fox News’ America’s News HQ, Live Well’s Mary on Money, CN8’s Money Matters Today and The Real Estate Connection. In 2012, Erik was one of thirteen advisors named to Main Line Today’s Top Financial Advisors list. Erik lives in Bryn Mawr, PA with his wife and three children. He serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Salvation Army, Acting Without Boundaries (serving young people with disabilities) and The Holy Child School at Rosemont. In addition, he is on the financial advisory board of the Sisters of St. Francis in Media, PA.

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