Most people are not happy with the state of the economy, others are not happy with their leaders or followers and many other things around them. It is very normal to be unhappy with other people, situations or surroundings. The greatest tragedy only comes when you are unhappy with…YOURSELF.
There was a guy called Judas Iscariot. He really loved money! He went further to the extent of loving it at whatever cost. Judas then decided to betray his master in order to get more of it.
His plan went as planned and he received the money.
Soon after receiving the money Judas was unhappy.
He was not unhappy with his master.
He was not unhappy with his clients to whom he sold his master.
He was not unhappy with the money he received.
Judas was unhappy with himself.
This is the worst tragedy in life – to be unhappy with yourself. The next step that he took is the obvious one – he took away his life.
When you are unhappy with yourself you don’t see any reason for living. As you go about your daily business selling your products, marketing your services or campaigning for a political post, do it in such a manner that after you have done all, you will be happy with yourself.
Most importantly, if you are leading people are you doing it in a manner that will leave you happy with yourself?
What is the guiding principle for being happy with yourself?
Have a clear set of values that you follow.
Values are like a compass.
The world is grieving because of the rot in governments and various organizations because of corruption and bad governance. This is because someone took a leadership position with no values, or they had values and lost them along the way. Values guide you and tell you what to do and what not to do.
When you follow your values at the end of it all you will be happy with yourself. When you are happy with yourself that’s true success.
Let me leave you pondering on these words:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78-82