How Being Angry Made Me Succeed
Most people want to be in their “happy place”…all the time. There is no shortage of blog posts/articles/books on how to be happy. I’m a big fan of happy.
Being happy all the time doesn’t work for me. Happy leads to complacency. If you live in America you know that you can’t be complacent. If you are, you fall to the bottom.
Here is where anger come in. I’m not talking about sudden anger, like you find out a spouse is cheating on you. I’m talking about the frustration/disappointment kind of anger. The feeling that you’re lied to about life. When someone tells you “you can’t” achieve something.
Every time I feel that kind of anger coming on it propels me into action. I need to prove you wrong, or improve my circumstances.
I remember the time that I had enough with being an employee. Sitting in an open plan office with annoying co-workers. Working for a company that at any moment would lay you off. What a bunch of BS.
I was angry about it and started taking steps to change it. Every day I worked towards changing my situation. It took me 9 months to completely break free into my own business.
Once I decided to take steps and work towards the goal, I felt better. Even though my circumstance didn’t change immediately, I knew that soon it would be changing. Somehow working for the company wasn’t so awful. I was learning something new and it helped me cope with being an employee.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like being happy, but I also like progressing, developing and achieving. It just works for me.