I was reading an article the other day by a well-known and successful businesswoman. She’s not only wildly successful but also a great writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the article.

But at the end of it, the author said something that really caught my attention. She said we must choose either success or happiness. But we cannot have both. She was clearly successful but, obviously, unhappy.

This was that tired old cliche that success comes only with hard work and struggle — no pain, no gain. The author, though successful, found no joy in doing what she was so good at.

Is unhappiness too high a price to pay for success? And exactly what is success anyway?

Here’s what Spirt says about that:

“We define success as finding all the joy you can in your life. Joy is your purpose in this lifetime. And so if you achieve your purpose, you’re a success. Makes sense, doesn’t it? And so we would define your path to success as doing, being whatever brings you joy.”

Do you sacrifice happiness for success (or money)? Or have you found a way to have both? Please comment below.

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