Being A Student of The Pursuit of Happiness
I’m usually an excruciatingly happy person. I’m a little cranky this morning because I have a cold and didn’t get a good night sleep the last two nights, but I’ll get over it. Oh – and even though I’m cranky, I’m still happy.
Ted Leonsis just gave the morning keynote at the New New Internet Conference. I first met Ted in 1990 at the first Birthing of Giants event that I participated in. Ironically, five minutes ago, I bumped into Verne Harnish – the creator of Birthing of Giants and the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (that co-sponsors Birthing of Giants.) Since I’m now way off the rails on the actual content of this post, I thought I’d mention that Verne was the only guy I knew in Boulder when Amy and I moved there in 1995 – and Verne split for the east coast a few months later leaving us completely alone in our new mountain hideaway.
Back to the post. In Ted’s keynote, he stated that he’s been a 25 year student in the pursuit of happiness. He asserted that deep scientific research (not cited) has uncovered five key things that generate happiness in humans.
- Self expression
- Giving back
- Pursue a higher calling
Interesting to ponder. He also mentioned that AOL’s peak market cap was around $200b and Google is now closing in on $160b. Also interesting to ponder.