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Dimitris Vavatsis

Sir Richard Branson said that Happiness is Important ! Money will Follow ! Do you agree ?

Asked November 15, 2012 by in Business Fundamentals

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Joseph Bernard

Joseph Bernard   November 15, 2012

It depends, I do not agree per se that happiness leads to the fulfillment of all of one's dreams. Happiness in itself could satisfy the drive that one would utilize to pursue money.

Great question.

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Ellen J. Harris

Ellen J. Harris   November 15, 2012

We cannot fulfill any role within any enterprise without a sense of joy and happiness. Every role I earned in my Fortune 500 career was a result of my attitude which was derived from my sense of happiness and joy.

Each upward opportunity raised my compensation and my peers enjoyed working with me, which made me happy.

In my business, the happiness, the delight, the sense of satisfaction experienced by my clients, REALLY makes me happy. When those same clients share how I can improve, I'm happy. When I get complaints which are rare, it is an opportunity for my business to embrace that person, learn from them, thank them and retain them as a customer.

Happiness is critical to wealth. Without it, we are robbed of the chance to learn real lessons and grow.

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Dino Eliadis

Dino Eliadis   November 16, 2012

ABSOLUTELY!!! I won't work with a company until I understand what the owner(s) want personally in their life. Aligning your business plan with your personal goals is critical to connecting your business to your life's passion. Here is an article I wrote a while back on why so many small business owners are unhappy... http://yoursmallbusinessgrowth.com/2011/04/why-so-many-small-business-owners-are-unhappy/

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Ruben Carrasco

Ruben Carrasco   November 16, 2012

Absolutely. Happiness is the most important value in my life. Be happy and make other people happy by give to them what they want so I'll receive what I want.

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Adrian Pike

Adrian Pike   November 16, 2012

TBH honest i would say it's actually 'belief' that is important. If you believe in what you are doing it will make you happy and money 'should' follow...

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Farzad Wafapoor

Farzad Wafapoor   Premium
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November 17, 2012, Edited November 17, 2012

Yes, it is very true. One secret is to be happy with what you already have, in such case, more money does not need to follow anyway.
but if those who always want more, even 100 gazzilion dollars will not make them happy, they will always want more and will never be happy.

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George Bohlender

George Bohlender   November 19, 2012

Hmmm...I've been happy for a while already, but I haven't seen the money yet. Is there a schedule I should be referring to...?

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Simon Sundaraj-Keun

Simon Sundaraj-Keun   February 4, 2013

Agree. If you love what you are doing then each day would be worth the effort to comeback and do what you are doing. Even a bad day won't bring you down when you have happiness.

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Patrick Alff

Patrick Alff   November 21, 2012

Money flows in places where people are unhappy, and the happiest people do not necessarily live in the most wealthiest places... but you probably have another take on this once you are wealthy and happy and you can't remember which came first ;-)

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Karthik Kashyap

Karthik Kashyap   November 15, 2012

There are two ways of looking about happiness w.r.t having one's own business. You can either start a venture pertaining to your passion or start a business and find your passion in it. Either ways, one must learn to enjoy what he/she is doing. Only when we are happy in doing that, we tend to contribute fully. Naturally, the result will be far better than the one produced when you are doing something half-hearted. If you deliver better, the money that follows will obviously be better.

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Russell Conneely

Russell Conneely   November 16, 2012

love what you do and do what you love

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Dimitris Vavatsis

Dimitris Vavatsis   November 24, 2012

Thank You ALL !

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Preston Odenbrett

Preston Odenbrett   November 16, 2012

Plain and simple if you are going to spend the majority of your "waking" hours in your business, you better have a passion for it. Owning and running a business is not easy, and you have many people that come against you, but you keep plowing ahead, over everything until something "Pops". I am just going to listen to a interview he did so I will know more about his thoughts when I do.

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Alrick Robinson

Alrick Robinson   November 24, 2012

I agree to some extent. On the one hand, the fact is that we tend to put money ahead of our other considerations and do not get enough joy into what we do. On the other hand, we MUST do something in order to reach whatever goals we set. Being happy being a lay-about will not automatically make money come to us; we have to develop something of value to others, within the sphere of what we are happy doing.

Alrick Robinson
www.smallbusinessmentorja.com

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Mark Hofmaier

Mark Hofmaier   November 16, 2012

not in every profession! the entertainment industry, for example!

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Srikiran Rai

Srikiran Rai   6 months ago, Edited 6 months ago

I reckon he's speaking from the psychological viewpoint of the effectiveness of the self fulfilling prophecy or wishful thinking. OR... he is talking about Rhonda Byrne's Law of Attraction.

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Maarten Gillich

Maarten Gillich   November 16, 2012

Absolutely! When you do something with passion, you get energy and you come in a flow. When you come in a flow, mysterious things will happen.

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Meg Bertini

Meg Bertini   November 16, 2012

You can be happy without success, and you can be successful without being happy. But you have the most success and the most happiness when the two combine and create something fabulous. It's certainly easier and more fun that way!

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Stacie Hudson

Stacie Hudson   November 16, 2012

Yes, but the the path to happiness is fulfilling your potential and dreams.

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Wayne Leskosky

Wayne Leskosky   November 16, 2012

Yes and, not exactly... It depends on your "highest and best use", in other words, figuring out what your passion is and living it. I ran across a great article that explains this concept in more detail. Please check it out at: http://bit.ly/cJCwf6

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Aijaz Ali Chhajro

Aijaz Ali Chhajro   November 16, 2012

yes thats A GOOD

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Mushin Mato Wambli

Mushin Mato Wambli   November 18, 2012, Edited November 18, 2012

Thanks for the question and here is my personal swing at it at 62 years old as a monk monking around.

Happiness is subjective perception in my assessment. Recently I spent one year at Pine Ridge Reservation with my Lakota friends and consciously embraced their collective pain and suffering beyond anything previously experienced. I cried at the reality of experiencing American prisoner of war camp #334 and owned what owned me in the experience in being a part of the collective denial responsible for the fragmented dysfunctional conditions of this gentle ancient Native people.

I was happy with being a compassionate person stripping away the security of previous prejudicial elitism and as a minority of one honestly interacting in dignity with oppressed people who loved me more than my own family. Not only did no money follow my experience of subtle happiness, the contra varient was true that following intuitive guidance in source presence required paying for the experience by giving up everything I possessed to experience my own liberation.

We live in subjective relativism ("prejudicial niches") where one's own autonomy creates perceptions of what is "this" and "that" in anything and happiness is just another objectified gratified experience of this and that. The Dalia Lama notion of perfection is offered as a subjective relativism, and in modernity is equal to Larry Flint's worldhood of pornography. The unintended consequences of one person's subjective happiness in immediate gratification of human desires is never held accountable by society. For instance in Japan pornography is now replacing sexual relations with previous happy partnerships in marriage as an epidemic problem in social relations. And I assume men are happier as thrill seekers following the great Larry Flynt in America. And let's admit pornography is where the real money is following being happy on the Internet.

While the Dalia Lama is a person who's subjective relativistic notion of happiness is non attachment, poverty, self realization, celibacy delaying immediate gratifications as a discipline, compassionately seeing beauty in everyone, and personally disarming the notion of happiness in "things" especially money, fame, fortune and all the glitter that Richard points to that follows being happy? So I question Ricard's state of realization in living?

I appreciate Richard Branson entrepreneurial successes and he is no Dalia Lama which is fine, and I assess this statement sounds like a "Zig Ziglar New Age Principle of Attraction" to his constituents justifying the primary notion that we are born to buy and sell one another and happiness is being a merchant. He may be right and I may be living in an illusion?

My honest assessment is we are in some very deep chaos on b~llsh~t mountain as people, a humanity and a planet. I do not see any short cuts other than facing off in reality the conditional situation we have historically created in this global cultural matrix. Breaking the denial operating "Party Lines" in the notion that money is going to solve the breakdown is actually ignoring the insanity in current human conditions. I know this is not a popular observation because it requires deep reflection and "self efficacy in radical transparency with one another." Most people can not comprehend what I just uttered and I sure in hell expect leaders to begin to in any circle of influence I engage in conversations.

We are like caterpillars who have consumed everything, fully exponentially stuffing ourselves, and now "stuck, frozen" and need to eat our dead flesh (previous notions of happiness making us sick and killing us) in a process of developing imaginal seeds within of becoming something different than a black plague gratifying subjective relativism in blind unconscious behaviors causing pain points throughout the web of life. Oooch! Probably lost everyone on that insight because that is calling for radical transparency in subjective relativism. The imaginal seeds is stepping out of our little "private absorbed niches of power based self importance" and owning what we are doing to a ice cap and Polar Bears. Never mind the latest climate change disaster in New Jersey shore and New York City requiring solidarity in designed a Marshal Plan for millions of people who are on the front lines of unintended consequences in unconscious human behaviors. Mother Earth is alive and shaking and baking a new recipe for the 21st century.

See how happy you are flying Virgin Airlines or buying the next musical love song after this reflection and maybe begin appreciation that happiness is actually compassionately doing something not living in denial of the reality happening? We humans are hungry for wholeness, maturity and transcendence of human suffering, and looking in all the wrong places. Its inside not outside. And I imagine a world where one person's suffering brings all our attention to what are we missing? The entrepreneurial quest before us! If Richard Branson responds offering TOOTE~V3W money, I would be grateful and it won't be what he thinks and it will definitely supply a new line item to his notions of "Disrupting Business as Usual." We need an inspired radical new beginning in a mood joyful concern where the glitter is inside and we own the denial on the outside! Denial is not a river in Egypt.

"Our task must be to face ourselves by widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." Albert Einstein

I apologize for not being as smart of most you who have this twittering universe down to 140 characters and concise one liners. If I was to offer one here it is:

"We have all the time in the world and not a moment to waste."
Latter Mushin

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Rumen Filkov

Rumen Filkov   November 19, 2012

Money may not follow, but the deep satisfaction of what you do is always very important.

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