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"HAPPINESS" VERSUS "PERCEIVED HAPPINESS"

Posted on December 19 2019

GARYVEE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BUSINESS PEOPLE AND ONLINE PERSONALITIES!

 

HIS APPROACH TO BUSINESS AND PERSPECTIVE ON HOW TO USE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO BUILD PERSONAL BRANDS IS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE TO ME.  I NORMALLY CONSUME HIS CONTENT ON EITHER INSTAGRAM OR YOUTUBE.  THIS IS IMPORTANT, AS HE OFTEN TALKS ABOUT SERVICING ALL THE PLATFORMS WITH YOUR CONTENT, BECAUSE PEOPLE CONSUME IT THE WAY THEY LIKE TO.  THIS JUST MAKES SENSE TO ME.

 

RECENTLY, I WATCHED A YOUTUBE VIDEO HE POSTED.  DURING THE TALK, GARY SAID SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING.  I’M PARAPHRASING HERE:

 

“THIS IS THE GREATEST GENERATION OF PERCEIVED HAPPINESS.  PEOPLE WILL TAKE A VACATION THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD, JUST FOR THE INSTAGRAM PHOTO, TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL.”

 

THE LINK TO THIS VIDEO IS HERE:  GARYVEE

 

WHOA!!!!   HE CALLS THIS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAPPINESS AND PERCEIVED HAPPINESS.

 

AT THE TIME THIS POST IS BEING COMPOSED, I AM 51 YEARS OF AGE.  FOR ANYONE THAT HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH 50+ YEARS, I SUSPECT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A CHANGE.  A CHANGE WHERE YOU BEGIN TO REALIZE THAT LIFE IS SHORT, FORREAL!  BEING HAPPY ALL OF A SUDDEN BECOMES A REAL CONCERN/PRIORITY FOR YOU.  THIS IS THE PLACE THAT I AM IN, IN MY OWN LIFE.

 

MY HAPPINESS IS JUST THAT, MY HAPPINESS!  IT IS NO OTHER PERSON’S RESPONSIBILITY.

 

 

HOW I PERCEIVE MY HAPPINESS IS UP TO ME.  THE LAST THING I WANT TO DO IS WASTE A MOMENT OF WHAT LIFE I HAVE LEFT, GIVING THE UNIVERSE A FALSE PERCEPTION OF IT BY POSTING IMAGES WITH THE INTENTION DESCRIBED ABOVE.  DON’T GET ME WRONG…I LOVE TO POST IMAGES OF PROJECTS I’VE WORKED ON.  (I HAVE NO INTENTION ON STOPPING THAT.)  HOWEVER, THOSE ARE IMAGES THAT I AM PROUD OF AND THE FINISHED PRODUCTS MAKE ME HAPPY INSIDE, BECAUSE I AM SO VERY BLESSED TO WORK WITH SO MANY AMAZING ARTISTS, WHILE CREATING THE DREAM I SEE INSIDE MY HEAD.

 

DEFINING MY HAPPINESS IS PRIORITY FOR ME, IN MY LIFE NOW.  I ALSO REALIZE THAT THIS PRIORITIZATION OF MY HAPPINESS MAY NOT FIT WELL WITH OTHERS I LOVE AND RESPECT.  IT IS NOT MY PLACE TO FORCE MY MEANS OF HAPPINESS ON ANYONE ELSE.  HOWEVER, I ALSO REFUSE TO STIFLE MY HAPPINESS, IN ORDER TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE COMFORTABLE WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP.

 

IN LIFE WE MUST MAKE CHOICES.  AT THIS CHAPTER OF MY LIFE, I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY FOR ME.  BECAUSE OF THIS, I SUSPECT SOME RELATIONSHIPS TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE.  FINALLY, I AM OKAY WITH THE POTENTIAL OF THAT HAPPENING.

 

THIS TOPIC OF HAPPINESS IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART RIGHT NOW.  I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS ON THIS.  PLEASE COMMENT, IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED TO DO SO.  I BELIEVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WILL BENEFIT FROM THE TOPIC.

 

PEACE AND NAMASTE.

 

BOWTIE

 

 

 

5 comments

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  • DrSylvia: December 22, 2019

    It’s one simple ingredient to creating ones happiness that is making a choice. It appears simple, but it is complex. We tend to try to build happiness around others. Once we choose self…making that choice…happiness will follow.

    Great read!

    Be Great!

  • Destiney : December 21, 2019

    This is a very good way to look at life. You are the creator of your life meaning the choices you make are ones you need to be proud of. Always put yourself before anyone else.

  • Sunny: December 20, 2019

    Loved it

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