I want to go back to this weekend and a point that really stood out to me in our third Self Improvement Sit Down with Dan Janetos. As a quick reminder, Dan is an outrageously successful chef, a Guinness world record holder, and an effective entrepreneur in so many different areas. After being on the side of fame and fortune, Dan realized life is about so much more than that.
"You got to stop and you have to smell the roses, because if you get from zero to billionaire and you have not enjoyed the journey then you missed all of it. There is this back and forth with I want to be rich, I want to be rich, I want to do all of these things, but then you get to rich and fame and you are just exhausted and you are just depressed. Now you are like, how did this happen? All of these wealthy guys are saying it is not about the money, and you are like, how can you say that? Well, it is about the money truthfully. At the end of the day, when your team works hard for you, you thank them and you fell that, because that is the happiness at the end of the day that you deserve".
Happiness takes so many forms, and no matter how much money you have or what reputation or status you carry, we all share the same basic human needs. And these needs are achievable outside of wealth and outside of status. Enjoy the company of others, be grateful for what you have, and don’t let ambition spoil your satisfaction.