The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning

Book Name: The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning
Author: Scott Galloway
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN-10, 13: 9780593084199, 0593084195
Year: 2019
Pages: 256 pages
Language: English
File size: 10 MB
File format: PDF,EPUB

The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning Pdf Book Description:

Your childhood, teens, and college years are the stuff of Han Solo, beer, road trips, random sexual encounters, and self-discovery. Pure magic. From your mid-twenties through your mid-forties, though, shit gets real—work, stress, and the realization that, despite what your teachers and your mom told you, you likely won’t be a senator or have a fragrance named after you. As you age, the stress of building the life you’ve been told you deserve, and are capable of, takes a toll. Also, somebody you love gets sick and dies, and the harshness of life comes into full view. We all know somebody who’s successful, in great shape, plays in a band, is close with their parents, volunteers at the ASPCA, and has a food blog. Assume you’re not that person. Balance when establishing your career, in my view, is largely a myth. “Struggle porn” will tell you that you must be miserable before you can be successful.

This isn’t true: you can experience a lot of reward along the way to success. But if balance is your priority in your youth, then you need to accept that, unless you are a genius, you may not reach the upper rungs of economic security. MOST BUSINESS school students devote their greatest efforts to shaping their work lives and socializing with their friends. However, the most important decision you’ll make is not where you work or who you party with, but who you choose to partner with for the rest of your life. Having a spouse, or life partner, whom you not only care for and want to have sex with, but who’s also a good teammate, softens the rough edges, and magnifies the shine of life. I have several friends with impressive careers, wonderful friends, and a spouse they love. But they aren’t happy, because their spouse isn’t their partner. Their goals and approaches to life are out of sync. Misalignment on what’s important and a lack of appreciation for the other person makes everything harder. My friends with less economic success who spend less time with friends but who have a real partner to share their struggles and successes with are tangibly happier.

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