This week, I had the good fortune of sitting down with serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and self made billionaire, who came to the United States with only $5 in his pockets. It's the one and only Naveen Jain. We talked about life, business, and how Naveen tackles the world's largest problems, including making chronic disease an option. While this conversation was jam packed, I wanted to share my favorite takeaway with y'all. I believe it will help you personally as well as professionally as I know it did for me.
Here is my favorite takeaway from our conversation with Naveen:
Happiness starts from within.
In our search for happiness, it's very common for us to search for it in other people and in materialistic things such as a job, a new home, car, relationship, or even social media engagement (likes, shares, comments).
We try so hard to impress others so that we can fit in.
We start dressing the way others want us to, do things others do, and even talk the way others do. And we do all of this because we think it will make us happy, because people will accept us.
The truth of the matter is we should never rely on other people to make us happy.
We need to understand that we should be happy with ourselves first.
To accept who our true self is.
That's how we become our best selves.
As Naveen explains, "physical possession in all honesty, makes you feel happy for 30 seconds and after that it's just 'yeah whatever'. You think when you get something, it's going to make you happy but it doesn't! I really think most people forget that happiness is always inside you. If you rely on something or someone to make you happy, what you have really done is you've become addicted to something that actually lies outside you. And the worst case is, you've given the remote control of your happiness to someone. So they decide, happy, unhappy, happy, unhappy. If you are happy with who you are as a person, you could be in the darkest corner and you will be a happy man. And if you carry the unhappiness with you, you could be sitting in a paradise and you'll still be unhappy. So my point is, something or someone can't make you happy, you can share your happiness with someone but they can't be the source of happiness for you."
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