When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.
When asked what it takes to be successful in business, what would your answer be? Wealth, recognition, viability, to be needed? How about being happy? Naturally if you're wealthy, well-known, your business is viable and necessary, I'm pretty sure you'd be happy. But what if you were just happy and not all those other things? Would you still be successful?
It's a fine line between the way in which we gain happiness and how important it is to be happy. When we're driven by money, praise and recognition, happiness may result but we spend considerable time making it happen. We spend so much time that we have far less time to enjoy that happiness.
On the other hand, being happy for the sake of happiness is something we learn to value from an early age. Placing value on happiness (there really is scientific evidence that we benefit from it) is very important to us human types. Yet, for many of us happiness is overlooked when we think of business success.
If you're the hard core "work hard now, play later, maybe" sort I'm not looking to change your ways. For those of you who are stuck in the middle I want you to know that being happy is OK! I'm not suggesting that you toss out those old concepts such as hard work, passion and commitment. Business success does not come from sitting back with a smile on your face. However, approaching your business from the perspective that your' happiness matters and that it's perfectly appropriate to be happy will have a powerful effect on you and your business success. Think of it this way- what inspires you more? Doing things that make you happy or things that bring you down?
Here's another way to look at it. A very young John Lennon (1940-1980), founding Member of the Rock Band, the Beatles, felt that happiness was the key to life. I can't help but Imagine that this molded the way he came to be the great success he was.