What do you think life is all about? What is the main objective of life? What is the ultimate aim of human life?
You get married, make love, have kids. You make money, you purchase house and car, you travel; you listen to music, read books, watch films; you help other individuals, you explore God. Whatever you are doing, you are looking only for happiness.
You are an entrepreneur and you want to drive sales, make profits. You are a writer and you have a desire to become the best seller. You are a clerk in a company, you want to become a manager. What are you actually expecting from life: To become successful entrepreneur, successful writer, and successful employee. Your ultimate aim is finding success in life.
Success and happiness: Are they connected?
Do you see any connection between success and happiness?
All human actions are targeted towards achieving happiness, pleasure and joy. Desires for nice job, more money, nice car, nice house, good wife/husband/children are some of the ways to find happiness, pleasure and joy. The desires for good job, more money, and nice car can be related to success. A loving wife/husband and lovely children are related to happiness.
What is important for us: find a right partner and be settled in a happy family, or seek ambitious goals and become successful? So, human beings desire for success as well as happiness. Given a choice what will you choose? To put this in another words what is important for human beings, happiness or success?
Some people do not like to separate success and happiness. They believe if an individual is successful, they are happy, and if they are happy, they are successful. Happiness means they have achieved their aim and ambitions, they have found what they were seeking. Success means their desire is fulfilled, they are content because their wants and wishes are fulfilled. In simple words, a successful individual is happy, and a happy man/woman is a successful person.
Contrarily, some people differentiate happiness with being successful. They believe happiness is a mental state and being successful is the physical state of achievements which shows that you have reached your goal.
Becoming Successful Vs Being Happy
Success and happiness are more or less related. Success means you get what you wished for. If you have what you wanted, you become happy. If you are in the state of happiness, it means you have what you wanted, which can be interpreted as success.
Success beings happiness, however, the secret of happiness is don’t wish for more.
If you want one wish to be fulfilled what would it be?
I don’t know what your answer is, but mine is…
I want a second wish.
Jokes apart, asking for second wish will make you unhappy. Your desire never ends, if your one wish is fulfilled you will always desire for another wish. There is no end to desire, no stoppage to wishes and wants.
I am earning double the amount that I used to earn two years ago, still I want a sharp rise in my earning, and I am not happy with my current position. What does this mean? Wanting more is unhappiness.
It is hard to define success. Some say success means power, position, or money, whereas some people relate success to happiness and quality of life.
Don’t Run After Success, Find Happiness in Life
Success means accumulation of power and wealth. However, there is no limit on how much power you want and how much wealth you want to accumulate.
Finding happiness is more important than running after success.
A few of us attempt to discover happiness in material ownership (house, car, cash, gold, diamonds), while some look for happiness in accumulation of wealth and power. Interestingly, some people try to look for happiness in spiritual journey.