Maybe it's true that "most men lead lives of quiet misery."
But I think it's also fair to say - "most people's happy moments go completely unnoticed."
The other night, motivational speaker Tony Robbins appeared on Piers Morgan's talk show.
He said happiness comes from living a meaningful life. Set a goal, make a plan, find joy in a journey that matters.
Nothing new to talk about that.
What's novel is to choose a path that is meaningful FOR YOU.
I've never believed that you cleanly set goals and reach them. Too much happens to interfere with such a simple path.
Rather I believe that life throws you a baseball. You lean in with your baseball bat and give it a "thwack."
Somewhere in the process of being bombarded and hitting back, you clear a path forward and hopefully, occasionally -- or even once -- strike it big.
When you have those moments it is likely that nobody knows. Or cares. The only one who is truly aware of the significance is you.
And that's because you've spent so much time and energy building up toward that moment. Against every obstacle, you stayed the course, even plowed ahead.
Don't think you have to be Zuckerberg or Branson or Trump to be a winner. Not everything can, or even should, go on your résumé.
In the end the biggest winners in life walk around with quiet contentment on their faces. They put in the effort and climbed the mountain. And it shows.
What Did You Accomplish? Only You Know
Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal has pioneered best practices in the federal government while spearheading dozens of digital/social media campaigns, integrated marketing initiatives, and communication efforts. Blumenthal began her career in branding at Young & Rubicam's Brand Futures Group/Intelligence Factory, and launched pioneering social media programs externally and internally at The Brand Consultancy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and USAID. She currently serves as the communications director of the Advanced Manufacturing Program at the National Institute of Science and Technology.
A frequently sought-after speaker and frequently published author who has taught marketing at George Washington University, the University of Maryland University College, and elsewhere, Blumenthal has received numerous industry recognitions, honors and awards. These include Klout Top 20% social media producer (2014); SlideShare Top 5% (2013); Meritorious Group Honor Award for website revitalization at USAID (2013); Featured Blog of the Month, USAID (2012); Top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles (2012); #2 Most Influential GovLoop.com member (2012); Commissioner's Award, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (2011); IABC-DC Silver Inkwell Award (2008); and more.
Blumenthal is deeply ingrained in the Washington, DC branding and social media best practices community, having revitalized the Institute for Brand Leadership (2001-2003) through a social media campaign; serving on the board of the Journal of Brand Management (2003); co-launching the Federal Social Media Subcouncil (2009); and re-launch the Federal Communicators Network through a successful social media campaign.
She holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Empire State College, a Ph.D. in sociology from CUNY Graduate Center, and a Graduate Certificate in Organization Development from Fielding University.
Her website is located at www.dannielleblumenthal.com. Follow her on Twitter @thinkbrandfirst.