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Should Success Come At The Cost Of Happiness or Can You Get Both?

Success conceptLife can be complicated. No, strike that. Life is complicated. There seems to be a price to everything. Most seemingly successful people (in a material sense) have gotten there by sacrificing time with family, friends and sometimes even health. In the end many financially successful people, now too old to change things around, express regret at not having spent enough time with loved ones while spending virtually all their time on career. Might there be a better way?

Okay, success is a good thing. Being broke hurts like hell, and being able to afford a few things you do want (not just need) is good for your spirit. I am not all that religious, but I’m not sure God needed to make the world and all that is on it, including us. If the Almighty has wants, then there is nothing wrong with us having the same. Back to the subject.

Can you be successful without the need for sacrificing other important areas of your life, such as health, family and spirit? I recently an email with a quote from someone who thinks this is possible. And this someone should know, as he is former CEO of one of the most successful companies in the world. Here it is:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.” – Bryan Dyson – Former CEO of Coca Cola

Couldn’t have been said better. What are your thoughts? Let us know below, maybe even include others by using one of the buttons below to share with friends and family on social media.

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