Often I find myself chasing “success” in order to find happiness with my work. Even though I know that the pursuing success or fulfillment in work does not lead to happiness. With that frame of mind happiness will always be an elusive goal. I’ll be happy when… I land that client, hit this milestone, get that recognition.
As I am preparing for my session at Circles Conference, Shawn Anchor’s TED talk on The Happy Secret to Better Work is a perfect reminder to reframe my around thinking around happiness and success. It’s not our reality that shapes us, but the lens through which we view our reality.
Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:
- Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
- Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
- Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
- Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.
Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
- Andrew Grove
It must be the paranoia, because I’m sitting down at 10pm on a Sunday evening in order to launch out a new project early this week.
Reblogged from Startup Quote