Gifts are easy — they're given after all. Choices can be hard.
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You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you're not careful, and if you do, it'll probably be to the detriment of your choices. In other words, no matter how successful you become, what you'll end up caring about the most in hindsight isn't the number of zeroes in your bank account, but it's the choices you made to get where you are. But without the benefit of hindsight, how can we tell if we're on a path that we'll be proud of when we look back on our lives 10, 20 or 30 years from now? In his talk, Bezos recounted the period of time in which he first came up with the idea to start an online bookstore business which would later become what the entire world now knows as Amazon.
Bezos even asked his boss, who he said was "brilliant" and "much admired," for advice. He was told that although it "sounded like a very good idea, it would be an even better idea" if Bezos didn't already have a good job. I didn't think I'd regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all," Bezos said. The truth in life is that we'll all make choices we end up regretting. It's called failure , and failure can be a good thing because it teaches us how to be better.
But as we grow older, our goal should be to minimize the number of failures that lead to regret. Build yourself a great story," he said towards the end of his speech. To build a great story, Bezos offered 12 questions and urged everyone to think deeply about them:. While these questions don't provide a foolproof recipe for happiness, they can guide us in making choices that will ultimately help us live a life we're proud of.
Not all of us will end up reaching the same height of success as Bezos, a self-made billionaire and the richest person in the world. But there's no reason we can't — or shouldn't — challenge ourselves to build a story worth telling. Tom Popomaronis is a commerce expert and proud Baltimore native.
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In , he was named one of the "40 Under 40" by the Baltimore Business Journal. Like this story? Get Make It newsletters delivered to your inbox. All Rights Reserved. Skip Navigation. Success World's first transgender pro boxer is now the face of boxing brand Everlast Jade Scipioni. Jeff Bezos speaking at the Code Conference. The smile is being so overrated and people have become obsessed for getting this ingredient on their plate. Sorry to say but even successful people are taking it wrongly. They are giving ways to become happy and how to fade away this sadness.
Why is there any need of fading the sadness? Just live it, cry and show your sorrow, take your time and accept the truth that sadness is as much part of the life as happiness is. There is no escape from it. God has made me and wants me to be human so why sometimes I try to become the god. Why I try to conquer my feelings? Do I wanna show off to the world with my smiling face or do I wanna take my perfect click.
Why do I need the smiling face? Because the whole world wants to see my shining teeth and not the salty water falling down my cheeks. I know, happiness is a dominant emotion which always attracts us towards it and our primary focus of all doing is to get this. But is it right to let this emotion suppress others? The energy put in suppressing the emotions bounce back with the equal reaction. The sorrow I try to escape from will come back and hurt me more. According to psychology suppressing our emotions consciously and deliberately in times when there is no trauma can lead to damaging effects on our mind and body.
This is how the sadness bounces back. So if anyone confesses about his sorrow.
The only difference now I see in happiness and sadness is. Happiness is practiced in front of world and sadness is being practiced in loneliness. I believe in God, if God has given me tears and sadness there may be a reason behind that.
There are so many variations in our feelings then why to get stuck in only one. However if I wanna fulfill my crave of happiness there are so many articles making my ways through it. They are as humans as you and I am.
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I am blessed to know this fact at this little age. Otherwise, I would have been naive like others and spend my whole life chasing something while missing others.
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My life is full of tragedies, tears, smiles, confusion, love, care, talk, silence, peace, chaos. And so much. With this changed mindset I have build love for every moment. There are swings in my feelings and I love to ride this roller coaster. I hope you all do too.
I am happy for getting tears too. If you want your life to be tasty then taste every emotion of life. The only way to be the happiest person is not to suppress the emotion of yours. Be sad when you feel so, cry when you need to, speak and let the words flow with your emotions, stay silent when you feel the need of, love yourself for the times you feel proud of being you, hate yourself for the times you are ashamed of your capabilities, let the chaos do its work.
Feel boredom, fear, hope, pleasure, love everything because we have been given only one life to experience everything. Every emotion has its own importance and essence, we should learn to appreciate the creation of God as we are one of them. Its a myth to only have smile and no tears so accepting the truth will make the tears easy to bear.