Inspirational speaker Kirk Weisler introduced me to the concept of playing cultural jeopardy. During a conference I attended, he asked the following question, as if we were guests on the television show Jeopardy: For twenty-thousand dollars the answer is… “it’s ok”, “can’t complain”, or “same old, same old”.
What’s the question?
Too often, the question is “how are you doing”, “ how was your day”, “how’s that book you’re reading”, “how’s your life”, and so on. Our responses are lukewarm at best; not really cold, but not warm at all either. We’ve lost our passion for the life we’re living.
Even when anyone shows interest by asking us a direct question about our life, the response we’re giving is mediocre at best. Instead of sharing something we’re passionate about, whether that’s something we’ve already done or still want to accomplish, our response is “it’s ok”.
That attitude kills inspiration, motivation and in the end morale, not only in your personal life but also in the company you work for. The entire day goes like that: “It’s ok”, “can’t complain”. Imagine what the office would look like on Monday when everyone would share a story from the amazing weekend they just had. It doesn’t matter whether they did something truly exciting or just spend the day reading a book in front of the fireplace. Both can be amazing, as long as we choose them to be amazing and tell the story from that standpoint.
That’s what Happiness at work is all about. I myself felt empty and unhappy inside: my well paying corporate cubicle job did not bring me the happiness and satisfaction I was looking for in my career. Too often, I used travel as an escape from a life I didn’t even like in the first place. When travelling, I felt less confined by time, money or location. I could do whatever I wanted, I could spend some extra cash I had saved up, and go wherever I wanted to go. Yet after coming home my stress levels quickly spiked back to where they were before I had left. Instead of tacky souvenirs, I wanted to take that experience of freedom home with me. I became passionate about implementing my traveling lifestyle right at home, reconnect with my passions and live a meaningful life. That’s what my Happiness book is about, it tells my story from dead-end career to fulfilling life. Get your copy of the book today at www.freedomprojectbook.com.
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