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October 13, 2010


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Eric Napier

What a great post. As another great psychologist said: "Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it."
--Victor Frankl

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks Eric!

My philosophies are heavily influenced by Victor Frankl. The quote of his you shared is one of my favorites. I especially like the idea that "happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it."

Here's a link to my Victor Frankl page, if you haven't seen it:




Great post!

Alas we are morphing into a society where the widely held belief is that an internal lack can be fixed by an external means.


Kent @ The Financial Philosopher


I agree. Humans have always had the problem of seeking comfort and answers externally. This problem, or capacity for it, is exponentially larger today than when, for example, Plato addressed the problem in Republic (the allegory of the cave) 2500 years ago.

Thanks for the comment...


This article begs the question; how do I find my authentic self? How do I listen to my inner voice when it isn't saying anything? I suppose this is the beginning of the journey.

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