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The Secret to the Pursuit of Happiness

Filed under: Blogging — by at 7:55 pm on Thursday, August 9, 2007

Darrell and I recently joined the millions who have watched The Secret and The Pursuit of Happyness. I would highly recommend both movies if you’re seeking motivation to take your life to the next level. However, although The Secret was intriguing, we both felt it was missing or glossing over the details. Parts were a little too good to believe (at the moment).

The Pursuit of Happyness showed the dirt and grit along the journey that The Secret lacked. Here are some of life’s rules when pursuing your happiness:

  1. Surround yourself with positive people and influences. Not surprisingly, Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) sold the remaining portable bone density scanners once his negative, unsupportive wife left.
  2. Do whatever it takes to reach your dream. How Chris juggled his parental duties with his studying, while never quite sure where he and his young son would sleep that night, was inspiring.
  3. Don’t dwell on you’re the negative of your situation. Never once did Chris openly bemoan being homeless or broke. Instead, he focused on what needed to be done to get ahead. (Although, a supportive network may have eased his load.)
  4. Don’t listen to others when they tell you that you can’t do something. Of gosh, don’t I know this one! The countless times I proven people wrong when they said I couldn’t accomplish a task. Had my parents taken a professional’s advice and institutionalized me because I wouldn’t amount to any thing, I would have ended up at this dreadful place. What a waste of human potential that would have been.
  5. Work smarter, not harder. During his broker internship, Chris found that by not hanging up the phone between calls, he saved eight minutes per day. He also found other ways to work most efficiently and productively, which, eventually, landed him the job.

What lessons have you learned along the road while pursuing your happiness?

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Comment by Debbie Havusha

August 10, 2007 @ 9:52 am

Just finished reading the book by Elizabeth Gilbert “Eat,Pray,Love” and I highly recommend you reading it. Special attention given to page 160 (or was it 165) where I read about the secret of happiness. Read the book and find out for yourselves!!
All the best to all,
Work on being and maintaining the pursuit of happiness!
Debbie Havusha

Comment by Tim McCormack

August 10, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

You make some great points. I really like the admonition to focus on the positive, as opposed to the negative of a situation. At a minimum you will always see things in a better life, which is I suppose what the Secret is about.

Good thing you avoided that horrible Woodlands place, my God!

One thing I really connected to in the Pursuit of Happyness was after Will got the job, and he was so happy that he almost cried. Recently I have had a few successes where I reached that level of elation.

That is an incredible feeling, and it is only reached through achievement. It is only attained by taking huge risks, working like crazy, and attaining a goal you were never really sure you could achieve.

Thanks for the post!

Tim McCormack – the Online Rental Marketplace

Comment by Suzanne Sholer

August 11, 2007 @ 12:29 am

Happiness is a decision we make.We can chose to look at the glass as half full or bemoan how much is gone.Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining-even if it is to help us know by contrast,what a better day is like.

So what is the silver lining of Woodlands? Perhaps to learn from the mistakes of the past and make sure it never happens again? Or to rage against a government that took so much away from people and is unwilling to compensate them for their losses without exacting yet another toll again.

What is the next step in helping the people of Wodolands and ensuring their martyred compatriots are given suitable recognition?

Comment by Chris Ball

August 15, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

I can certainly testify to the power of the Law of Attraction as outlined in the movie The Secret. I met Bob Proctor at a time when I was broke and at my wits end. He taught me the principles of from The Secret and within 6 months I went form broke to a millionaire!
What a ride! I explain how on my site at

Comment by Jana

August 16, 2007 @ 8:56 am

OMW the Woodlands sounds like a setting for a horror movie!!!! That is BEYOND scawy!!!

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