There are many ways to define happiness. For me, it can be summed up in a single word, progression. When we are progressing, we are challenged and we are forced to be creative to overcome the many obstacles we encounter each day. As human beings, we were born to create. Creativity comes when we are challenged, and challenge builds our mind muscles. Challenge, believe it or not, makes us happy. Just like a kite needs the tension or resistance from a string to keep it in flight, humans also need to be creative to overcome barriers to achieve our greatest heights in life.
However, challenge while making a living does not need to be demotivating and dehumanizing. Most people know that Google is extraordinarily successful company. Constantly innovating and creating a mind-numbing array of technologies, it is also one of the most coveted places to work in the world. Laszlo Bock, SVP of Operations at Google has a new book called, Work Rules. I started to read his book today because of quote he has on his site:
We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.
Lazlo’s manifesto seems to want to approach how we work and live. He talks how how we strike a balance between creativity and structure. And, if it can help me achieve a fraction of the success in my businesses that Google has created then it is well worth the investment in the book.
I also highly recommend you listen to a podcast I recorded with Jeffery Combs from Golden Mastermind. His insights on creativity and getting over procrastination are worth your time. Here is the link to that Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/networkingstar/jeff-combs-podcast
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Your work should make you happy. Don’t shy away from challenge or your human need to create. Embrace your challenges and obstacles, they will make you better.