I came across a quote on Tumblr that was interesting. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; It is something you design for the present.” I asked myself, “have I designed my present happiness” and “am I designing my future happiness?”
Looking back, I intended to be where I’m at, not specifically mind you, but I knew I wanted to be an engineer for an aerospace company when I was 17. I didn’t think I would be a Quality Manager with responsibility of quality engineers and inspectors. I didn’t think I would be a Management Representative involved in integrating engineering functions as they are parts of a Quality Management System. I didn’t even know what a quality engineer was in high school. I didn’t even know about quality engineering when I graduated from college. I knew I wanted to write a book. I didn’t exactly know the topic. I set out to find a friend I could start a family with and a few other projects like becoming a pilot. So, yeh, I have to say I designed my present happiness. No design is perfect. Certainly there’s stress and strain. There’s difficulties, conflict, trials and tribulations, but I’m happy knowing I’m on a path I created. Being on my own path enables me to extract more joy out of what happens. I also take time to lift my head and look ahead to build the foundation for improved future happiness.
Looking forward and connecting present activities with our intent of creating the life we truly want is the foundation of managing the business of you. The book I’ve written is about this connection between tactical and strategic elements in our life as well as other business principles we can apply to living our life. That’s what this website is about. It’s intent is to establish a readership or at least people who have come across the idea of “the biz of you” in order to help market the book when and if it gets published. Perhaps it won’t. Who knows. I’m having fun with my family, life, work and blogging. If I can be a successful writer, I will have fulfilled another aspiration from my teens. I also enable my wife and I to have some income after our current careers and set ourselves up for retirement. Thus, I’m designing my future happiness by connecting my current actions with my imagined future.