Safety Won’t Make You Happy

(because it’s like money)

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is trying to get across the point that being rich isn’t the answer to a great life. It doesn’t make you happy or joyful, it doesn’t make relationships better, it doesn’t help communicate or build empathy, and it doesn’t satiate the very human needs to belong, to mean something to someone, and to feel purpose in one’s life.

If someone wins the lottery, their happiness immediately rises, peaks shortly after, and quickly falls to their default level.

Money is like safety.

Safety won’t make you happy (past the momentary joy of going from feeling unsafe to once again feeling safe.)

Why? Because safety isn’t the point. It’s not the reason we cross oceans or explore space. It’s not the reason we go to work, raise families, build companies, write books, design buildings, create art, and it’s not the premise upon which our organizations exist. Safety is, in Todd Conklin’s fantastic definition, the “presence of capacity.”

The presence of capacity. Just like money, safety is the capacity to do work. To build. To create. To design. To do and be and to choose.

Money only magnifies who you are.” – Tony Robbins

What will safety magnify in you?


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