Everyone has an idea of how their life should look. But for many, it will remain just an idea. They’re afraid that if they spend too much time dreaming it might get in the way of their real lives. They’re not wrong, but what if what you love and what you need was the same thing?
As an entrepreneur, founder, and CEO, I can say from experience that while it isn’t easy, it is possible. But the only person capable of making it happen is you. It can be intimidating to think about how to be happy and fulfilled. If there’s one cliché that rings true, it’s that life is a marathon, not a sprint. You would never consider going from sitting on the couch all day to running a marathon without any training. You must first gain endurance, learn technique, eat healthy, and mentally prepare for the race ahead.
Similarly, finding fulfillment can be achieved by breaking your life down into manageable areas. Below are the four pillars under which everything else falls. Regardless of your status, wealth, or location, everyone must cultivate these things in order to achieve happiness.
It isn’t greedy to want a comfortable life. However, not everyone needs to be a billionaire to be happy; simply being able to provide for yourself and your family lifts a burden from your shoulders. Money has diminishing returns—it can buy happiness up to a certain point (up to about $75,000, according to one study). After that, researchers have had trouble proving that more money makes a difference. However, financial security brings peace of mind, which enables you to be more productive and present in other aspects of your life.
As an entrepreneur, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I can say from personal experience that working in a startup comes with a lot of failure and disappointment. But if you’re willing to put in the work and weather the bad times, you will be on your way to fulfilling both your purpose and your financial future.
Chris is an award-winning Uganda-born engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor. He is the founder at BraveX Ventures and CEO of Ride for Lives.
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