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Happiness: The Ultimate Birthright

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Happy people are those who deliberately do things that invariably lead
them to happiness. Focus your energies on unlocking your true potential
and claim your ultimate birthright — happiness.

Brian Tracy, Audio Program, Personal Development, Deepak Chopra, Wayne
Dyer. Stiart Wilde, Happiness, Goals, Psychology of Achievement, audio

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The key to happiness is both simple and complex. It is the sum total of
more than 2,000 years of philosophy, psychology, speculation, and
discussion about the meanings and sources of happiness. From Aristotle in
340 B.C. through to the modern thinkers, speakers, and writers of today,
this key to happiness has hardly changed. It is the same for virtually
all men and women in every country and all walks of life. The key to
happiness is this: Dedicate yourself to the development of your natural
talents and abilities by doing what you love to do, and doing it better
and better in the service of a cause that is greater than yourself.

This is a big statement and a big commitment. Being happy requires that
you define your life in your own terms and then throw your whole heart
into living your life to the fullest. In a way, happiness requires that
you be perfectly selfish in order to develop yourself to a point where
you can be unselfish for the rest of your life.


In Edmond Rostand’s Play Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano is asked why he is so
intensely individualistic and unconcerned with the opinions and judgments
of others. He replies with these wonderful words: “I am what I am because
early in life I decided that I would please at least myself in all

Your happiness likewise depends upon your ability to please at least
yourself in all things. However, most people are reluctant to use their
own happiness as the standard by which to judge the events in their
lives. This is primarily because we let others define or affect what
brings us happiness. And we often believe it is more important to make
other people happy than it is to make ourselves happy. This is nonsense.

Human beings are happiness-driven organisms. Everything we do in life is
oriented toward maintaining and increasing our level of happiness. We are
psychologically constructed so that it is impossible for us to be any
other way without making ourselves mentally and emotionally ill. The fact
is that you can’t give away to anyone else what you don’t have for
yourself. Just as you can’t give money to the poor if you don’t have any,
you can’t make someone else happy if you yourself are miserable.

The very best way to assure the happiness of others is to be happy
yourself and then to share your happiness with them. Suffering and self-
sacrifice merely depress and discourage other people. If you want to make
others happy, start by living the kind of life and doing the kinds of
things that make you happy.


Make happiness the organizing principle of your life. That is, compare
every possible action and decision against your standard of happiness to
see whether it would make you happier or unhappier. Soon, you will
discover that almost all the problems in your life come from choices that
you have made — or are currently making — that do not contribute to your

There will of course be countless times when you will have to do little
things that don’t make you happy in pursuit of your larger happiness.
However, as Earl Nightingale said, “Happiness is the progressive
realization of a worthy ideal.” You feel really happy only when you are
moving, stepby- step, toward the accomplishment of clearly defined goals
that you feel will enhance the quality of your happiness.

Since you can’t be truly happy until you are clear about your inherent
possibilities, it’s important that you take some time on a regular basis
to analyze yourself and identify your strengths and weaknesses. There is
an old saying, “Success leaves tracks.” You can look back on your life
and identify who you really are and what you should be doing with your
life. One of the best ways to do this is to constantly ask yourself this
powerful question:


Imagine that you are absolutely guaranteed success in the pursuit of a
particular goal, big or small, shortterm or long-term. Imagine that you
have all the money, all the time, all the education, all the contacts,
all the resources, and everything else that you could possibly need to
achieve any one big goal in life. What would it be? This is a very
important question because when you remove the limitation from your
thinking, you often get a very clear idea of exactly what you should be
doing with your life. Your greatest dream is an indication of your
natural abilities and of what is really important to you.

All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their
fortune could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day
toward their distant vision, goal or purpose. Step-by-step realization of
their ideal makes them genuinely happy.

Dr. Viktor Frankl, who wrote the book Man’s Search for Meaning, said that
you can divide the thing you do in life into four categories. The first
category consists of the things that are hard to learn and hard to do. An
example for many people is mathematics. Many of us struggled with math in
school and still struggle with bookkeeping, accounting, financial
statements, and tax returns as adults. If you find mathematics hard to
learn and hard to do, this is the sort of activity for which you are
clearly unsuited. No matter how much of it you do, or how good you get at
it, you will never achieve any lasting satisfaction or happiness from it.

The next category consists of things that are hard to learn but easy to
do. Riding a bicycle, driving a car, and tying your shoes are hard to
learn but easy to do once you’ve practiced enough. These are seldom the
sort of activities that cause you to feel terrific about yourself when
you engage in them. They do not demand your best.

The third category consists of things that are easy to learn but hard to
do. Physical labor falls into this category. Digging a ditch with a
shovel and chopping wood with an ax are easy to learn but they are hard
to do, and never get any easier.

The fourth category is the key. These are things that are easy to learn
and easy to do. You seem to have a natural proclivity for them. When you
are engaged in this sort of activity, time flies. The things that are
easy for you to learn and do are the sort of things that you should be
doing with your life. They indicate where your natural talents and
abilities lie. Engaging in these activities with your whole heart, and
committing yourself to become better and better, will give you all the
joy, satisfaction, and happiness you could want in life.


Everyone has an area of excellence. Everyone has something that he or she
can do in an outstanding fashion. It may take weeks, months, or even
years for you to develop yourself in that area so that you can really
perform in an extraordinary fashion, but you will be strongly attracted
to that sort of activity from the beginning. You will enjoy reading about
it and talking about it and thinking about it. You will find yourself
admiring people who are outstanding in that area. You will look longingly
at that field and wonder what it would be like to be in it and to be
successful at it. That is very often your heart’s desire. That area of
activity where you can become excellent is probably what you were put on
this earth to do.

So resolve to persist until you succeed. The first part of courage is the
resolve to launch in faith toward your objectives; the second part is
your willingness to endure in the face of the inevitable disappointments
and setbacks you will encounter on the road.

Happiness is not an accident. Happy people are those who deliberately do
the things that invariably lead to happiness. Happy people are those who
know what they want and then throw their whole hearts into using their
unique talents and abilities to make a contribution to the world in the
achievement of their goals.
You are put on this earth with a special purpose, programmed with unique
talents and abilities that have not yet been fully tapped and utilized.
When you focus all your energies on unlocking your true potential, you
can claim your ultimate birthright: happiness

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