Thursday, November 10, 2011
Don't pursue happiness
The pursuit of happiness is an inherently flawed paradigm. If you spend all your time trying to be happy, you will paradoxically feel something is wrong when you cannot achieve happiness. It's simply setting expectations too high. It's better not to pursue happiness. That's particularly true in the business world. Happy employees tend to gloss over the details, to the detriment of the company. I find it better to keep everyone more on the dour side, so that everyone is more detail-oriented while working. A happy employee is an ineffective employee; an unhappy employee will actually pay attention to the details of getting the job done. The job of the PHB is to stamp out this counterproductive concept of pursuing happiness. To get things done in life, you have to actively pursue unhappiness. Since all my worthless employees can't do that for themselves, I take it upon myself to direct them towards unhappiness.