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Confusing Comfort with Happiness

I'm not sure that there's any correlation between entrepreneurship and fitness, but there seems to be a lot in common among people at the top of their game -- be them entrepreneurs or athletes. Outside magazine ran an interview with "ultrarunner" Dean Karnazes (thanks to Michael Hyatt for the link) in which he said:

Western culture has things a little backwards right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we'd be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we're so comfortable we're miserable. There's no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure. We get in a car, we get in an elevator, it all comes easy. What I've found is that I'm never more alive than when I'm pushing and I'm in pain, and I'm struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle I think there's a magic.

Wired dubbed him The Perfect Human.

I don't know who The Perfect Entrepreneur is, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find any successful entrepreneur who didn't part with comfort for a long time.

Posted by Greg Galant on Jan 5, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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I'd rather LISTEN to one of your interviews than READ one by somepone else. :) **New shows please**

Posted by: Kyle at January 6, 2007 7:54 AM

Great post Greg.

I'm just finishing up a great book on this very subject, called Stumbling on Happiness, written by Daniel Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard. But don't let that fool you - this is as well written as anything by Malcolm Gladwell, and with a little comedy thrown in as well.

I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the human psychology and sociology behind our collective pursuit of happiness.

But don't take my word for it. Malcolm Gladwell recommends it himself on the jacket cover.

Posted by: Adam Healey at January 7, 2007 1:03 AM

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