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What Dale Carnegie Said About Happiness
Clint Cora Inspiration Quotes Newletter
April - 2010 


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One time when I was presenting an educational session at a college conference, I asked the students what some of their goals were.  Many of them responded that they want to be happy.  And when I asked them what would make them happy, some said graduating and then making a lot of money.  Some didn’t even know.  This observation of course is also seen among millions of other people in the world.  

On this subject, Dale Carnegie once wrote the following among his many inspiration quotes;

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.  It is what you think about it”

Too often, many of us equate having lots of money as the ultimate source of happiness.  If we are rich, we will automatically find happiness.  Of course, this is certainly not true.  Think of all the rich celebrities and millionaires in the news who end up doing crazy stunts that get them into trouble with the law or checked into rehab.  Think of the ones who took their own lives.  These are very unhappy people and these cases are living proof that money certainly doesn’t buy happiness.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with making lots of money.  I want all of you to be financially wealthy.  I want each of you to maximize your earning potential but not at the cost of other important things in life such as health and relationships.

Every time I travel to parts of the world like Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, I have come across people in very poor areas.  Their living conditions are almost peasant like.  They certainly don’t have much in terms of assets.  But many of these people, including children, are always smiling.  They are always playing, dancing or singing together.  These people found ways to be happy despite not being rich.

So there is truth to what Dale Carnegie claimed.  Happiness or unhappiness is a result of what you think rather than what you have.  Being happy or unhappy is not a result of external conditions around us.  It’s our internal conditions that matter.  It’s how we perceive things that result in our happiness.

We can learn a lot from the people who on the surface don’t seem to have much but at the same time, are much happier than many of us who live each day in nice houses and surf the internet with the latest technology.

So when you work on your goals this year, yes, I hope that you do include making certain acquisitions as part of them like more money or even a new TV.  But do recognize that getting these things will not necessarily bring you happiness.  Instead, we may have to make a shift in our internal thinking about what happiness is really all about.   We just may have to see a lot of things in a completely different way.  Really try to understand what will really make you happy.  Then take action to make sure that you find real happiness that’s not just based on tangible assets like a new car or diamond necklace. 

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Until next month wiht more inspiration quotes,

Clint

Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion

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