Dennis Lehane is the author of a dozen novels including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. His television credits include seasons of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. His latest book, World Gone By, is out now.
If you're an introvert, the business world might seem intimidating. Networking events, meetings, and public speaking just aren't your thing. So, how can you overcome these challenges and succeed despite them?
You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.
So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, (a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades) suggests you'll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling.
There have been several books written about the subject of happiness including several from Tal Ben-Shahar ("Happier", "Even Happier" and "Being Happy") and Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh who wrote Delivering Happiness. All great books if you're looking for a deep dive into the subject of happiness.
But I came across a quote from the Dalai Lama XIV that really nailed it for me:
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
The following is the introduction to Haruki Murakami's Wind/Pinball: Two Novels, out August 4th from Knopf.
"Needless to say, my ability in English composition didn’t amount to much. My vocabulary was severely limited, as was my command of English syntax. I could only write in simple, short sentences.
That meant that, however complex and numerous the thoughts running around my head might be, I couldn’t even attempt to set them down as they came to me.
The language had to be simple, my ideas expressed in an easy-to-understand way, the descriptions stripped of all extraneous fat, the form made compact, and everything arranged to fit a container of limited size.
The result was a rough, uncultivated kind of prose. As I struggled to express myself in that fashion, however, step by step, a distinctive rhythm began to take shape."
If you're not happy with your life, either personally or professionally, take a quick look in the mirror. The problem may not be lack of opportunity, or education, or capital, or connections--the culprit could be you.
The difficulty could lie in what you believe--and what you do.
What do successful people believe and do differently?
Writing can be a type of meditation. It’s a process that helps us unravel and understand both the good and bad things that happen to us.
Reading is also healing. We learn vicariously through the experiences of the characters we read about. As we empathize with them, we both expand our understanding of other people in other circumstances and are less concerned with our own misfortunes.
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