Are You Chasing Success or Happiness?

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Are You Chasing Success or Happiness?

In a current society that is as fast paced as ever, people often wonder which came first; success or happiness? The real problem is determining what makes us truly happy and remembering to value that the most. Carl Richards asks us to really think about the people we know who are successful, and then think of those that are happy. Are they the same person? Most of the time they aren’t. So what makes these 2 individuals so different?

Carl Richards is the Director of Investor Education for the BAM Alliance.

This commentary originally appeared October 9, 2014 on

For the next few minutes, I want you to focus on the most successful person you know (and yes, it may be you). What makes this individual successful in your mind? Professional accomplishments? Personal wealth? Now, I want you to think of the happiest person you know.

Did you come up with the same name?

No doubt some of you did. However, I suspect many more of you ended up with two different people. We often ignore it, but we live in a world that doesn’t always make it easy for success and happiness to coexist. My sense is that the problem comes back to something fairly basic.

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