This is another element that is often intertwined with the two issues that come before it. We are taught at a very young age, by our parents, our school teachers, TV, newspaper and society that happiness is a certain life: to study in a big university, get a job at a big and known company, climb the corporate ladder, make lot of money, own a house, a few cars, probably a second home and go on holidays a few times a year in sunny places.
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Well guess what? When you ask executives or employees if they are happy in their job, most of them (above 75 percent in the US) answer they are not, despite having followed "the path." I have been there myself and there is not a week where a close friend or a "friend of a friend" contacts me to discuss a career or life change with that exact same path. In fact none of them, not even myself, ever took the time to really reflect on what is my life and not the one expected by my parents, my family, my friends or the society at large. Well if you don't take the time to know where you want to go, it's easy to understand why you would get lost in transit. Instead, ask yourself these 10 questions to clarify your purpose.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life," said Steve Jobs in a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. "Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."