Have you ever wondered about the best way to measure success? Is it the number of houses you own? Maybe it's the number of countries you've visited and #jetset to? Is it the number of people you've slept with?
For as long as our societies have existed, the most common criteria we've used for measuring someone's success have been by by looking at their fame and/or fortune.
However, does that really gauge success correctly? For some, sure. For many more, not so much.
If success is based on fame or fortune, then how come so many celebrities and wealthy individuals succumb to substance abuse and depression?
If we look at money as the metric, shouldn't all of the world's wealthy people be blissfully content?
If we use fame and fortune to define success; all of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people should have perfect lives-- but, we know that they don't.
So then, what is the BEST method for measuring success? It all comes down to 1 word.
While at first glance it may seem like something out of a new age movement that’s lacking real world practicality, using happiness to measure success is actually very practical and effective.
Person #1 has a net income of $130,000 a year working 60+ hours a week in a developed nation. She does this while working a job she absolutely hates but has kept slaving away at for over 5 years.
The reason? She loves the feeling she gets when people find out how much money she makes at only 21 years old.
She's got no priorities other than herself and she loves to splurge.
Of the $130,000 she makes in a year, she spends practically every single penny and has absolutely no savings, no investments, and no plans for the future.
Despite all of the money she makes, she finds herself feeling empty and completely unfulfilled. In short, she's rich but she's miserable.
Person #2 has a net income of $30,000 a year working those same 60+ hours in a developing nation. This woman lives in a tiny apartment with her 3 younger siblings and is the sole breadwinner of the family.
Her budget is tighter than a Victorian Era corset but somehow she makes it work.
Despite all of the effort she puts in for only $30k a year, she's thankful she has a job that pays her a "decent" amount of money. She lives her days blissfully satisfied that she can fully provide for her family without issues.
Now, of these two examples, which person would you say is more successful?
If we use money to measure success then the answer is quite evident. Or is it?
Despite all of the money person #1 earns, she still finds herself completely miserable so can we really say her life is successful? Well, you be the judge.
Everything we do is all in "The Pursuit of Happyness” and I really find no better method for measuring success.
Bear in mind that what I mean by happiness is not mere laughter and good vibes. What I mean by happiness is being entirely and fully content. .
What greater success is there than having lived a good and happy life?
Watch: "Dalai Lama's guide to happiness"
Read: “10 Ways Rich People Are Worse Off Than You" - Debbie Anderson