The Pursuit of Happiness

Well, it’s another January. I’ve seen 39 of them, and, contradicting Eliot, I think January is the cruelest month.

I hate it a little.

I’ve gotten used to lying on the couch, watching TV, and now I’m back in the office chair. My office is cold. I’m dealing with bills left over from the holidays, and, since I’m self-employed, I’m scraping together my last quarterly tax payment for the year.

But I have a good reason to be delighted.

I get to pursue happiness.

At least for Americans, pursuing happiness has a loaded meaning, coming from our Declaration of Independence. And that’s perhaps why I thought of it when writing this post.

After all, I declared independence about 10 months ago.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I left a secure job as a corporate senior manager for the life of a solopreneur. For nearly 10 years, I was, to a greater or lesser extent, told what to do, what to believe in, and what to care about.

Believe it or not, I didn’t like that very much.

Several years ago, I received an award, and when my manager was giving a little speech about me before announcing the award, he said, “I wasn’t sure that Brian was going to succeed here, because he really wanted things to be better and he cared too much.”

He was right. I do want things to be better and I do care too much. That’s the root of my happiness.

I care too much about my clients, their projects, their potential to grow and thrive. I care enough to exceed their expectations.

I care about my own opportunities, potential personal and professional growth, and the opportunities I’m bringing to my family.

And I care about you. I want nothing more than for you to succeed.

My pursuit of happiness is very simple. It’s working very hard to make my life, your life, and my clients’ lives better. I’ve already seen my effort pay off in 2012, but I want to do more.

2013 is full of potential. I have a little more than 350 days left this year to make a difference. And I hope you’re going to help me do it.

I’m here to pursue happiness in 2013. And like I said, for me, pursuing happiness means making your life better. Will you let me help you?

To support you, I’m going to try and do something different with this blog for the next few months. I’m going to let my readers ask me questions about the writer’s life. Then I’ll write answers, twice a week, as long as I have questions. I won’t make any claims to being a genius at this, but I’ll certainly try to make a difference for you.

Email me at brianwhitaker@awaionline.com with your questions and we’ll get started!

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Published: January 11, 2013

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