Friday, October 06, 2006

Your purpose is not to be happy

Leo Rosten was a Polish born, American writer (1908-1997).

Mr. Rosten probably didn't mean to direct his words to the world of self enterprise, nonetheless, very nice reminders.

I believe sustainable work is not about making you happy. It's about work that makes the world a better place, executed in a way that pays the bills. It's about being useful.

You'll find your happiness in the contributions you make. That's the path that's sustainable.

Or, as Leo Rosten put it:

"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."

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