8 risks worth taking in the pursuit of happiness – Holy Kaw!

Taking a chance means risking disappointment on the one hand, yet opening oneself up to opportunity on the other. Though each of us can remember those times when the risk we took on someone turned bitterly sour, it’s smaller risks taken every day that could be the key to happiness.

The blog Marc and Angel Hack Life has a list of eight things unhappy people never risk that will make you stop and think about the ways opening ourselves up presents us with some pretty wonderful ways to end each day on a high note.

1.  Take a chance on others by giving them a hand.

The happiest and most successful people are always looking for ways to help others.  The unhappiest and most unsuccessful people are still asking, “What’s in it for me?”

Ultimately, your greatest successes in life will not be measured by how high you have climbed, but by how many people you have helped up with you.  This is how success leads to happiness.  What goes around comes around.  It’s impossible to not feel good when you are doing good for others.

Today, help those around you and celebrate their strengths.  Lift them up and help them thrive.  When you choose to see and support the best in others, you end up finding the best in yourself.

2.  Take a chance on your dignity and self-worth.

Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to fight for what you deserve.  Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again.  Don’t settle.

Keep up your dignity and always be true to yourself.  Truly loving yourself involves faith and trust and belief in who you are, and a willingness to act upon it.  So stop daydreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone.  Take full responsibility for your life – take control.  You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now, and the somebody the world needs is YOU.

Full story at Marc and Angel Hack Life.

via 8 risks worth taking in the pursuit of happiness – Holy Kaw!.


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

Posted in Courage, Goals, Gratitude

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