Are you a competitive person? Do you feel the urge to challenge yourself continuously? Do you set more difficult goals as you achieve the previous ones?
I am not an athletic person, but I have always been competitive in school and at work. I have never refused a challenge and I always thrive to reach higher. As a result I am often stressed if I don’t achieve my goal.
I have friends who shrug when they hear I stayed late to write, or missed an outing to promote a book. Why do you do this to yourself?
They are convinced it’s better to avoid commitments that would cause stress. Actually, they are content with what they have. Being relaxed and in good health is more important than achievement and success. They would lecture me for hours to make me understand that hard work might lead to heart attacks.
So, here are the two theories:
The successful man is never content with what he has.
The happy person is one who is content with what she has.
In my family, two granddaughters are extremely competitive, garnering medals and cups in gymnastic, skating, sailing and karate. Their two young siblings don’t have a single medal, but have a dozen best-friends-forever and are often smiling and laughing. Is it impossible to be successful AND happy?
TWO LOVES FOR CHRISTMAS