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Will a sports car make me happy?

Posted by Ilise Benun on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a copywriting partner to designers, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

A big beautiful chef’s kitchen with all the amenities. That’s what I want. And lots of money to travel on great trips. I see a gorgeous house or a fancy sports car—and I think, I’d like to have that. But then I remember—these things won’t make me happy. They might enhance my experiences—but only if I can be happy in the process of getting them and using them.

If I’m unhappy while making the money that buys the cool things, is it worth it? Is it better to be happy 2 hours a day (when you’re cooking in your chef’s kitchen) and two weeks a year (when you’re on vacation) but stressed and unhappy the rest of the time?

Damien’s Golden’s post on the Creative Freelancer Blog, 5 Lessons From Walking Away from a Million Dollar Partnership, got me thinking about this stuff. She said:

Sure we all need money to eat. And the prospect of having everything your heart has ever desired is a huge driving force, but if you are going to be stressed out, miserable or possibly lose everything you’ve worked for in life, love and business – is it really worth it?

Nope. I don’t think so. And when I remind myself of that, I remember to be happy, enjoy the now, and gratefully cook in the kitchen I have.

I’ve said it a number of times, but self-employment has not only changed my situation, but the way I view my entire life and everything around me. I never expected that when I decided to “quit my job and see what happens.”

Maybe true success is achieving the things and experiences that make your life more rewarding and enjoyable—but enjoying every minute along the way.

Are you happy along the way?

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