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The Pursue of Happiness Published: Sunday, August 3, 2003 By: Eric Cordero

Ideas banished on twentieth century. Since I heard such a statement, I have work hard on promoting the rebirth of the ideas making happiness a reachable in the classic condition. Virtue shines everlastingly. It has been always a pertinent affair. The classic Latin thinker Marco Tulius Cicero states that human well-being ness shapes the strongest societies. For Ancient Romans ¨virtue¨ meant ¨strength¨. I still like this original definition.

We should overcome any tendency to destroy Human Kingdom. Selfishness motivates struggles and at the end of the day accelerates entropic processes. When a human loses the society loses. Any human being has an unmatched set of gifts. Everybody is necessary to construct a vigorous and competitive society.

Social prosperity can be achieved by balancing two complementary components: material standard and quality of life. We measure material standard by financial indicators, strategic position, market share, consuming trends, physical infrastructure, clientele sophistication, educational levels, intellectual activity, and life expectancy. Nevertheless, quality of life cannot be measured merely in a quantitative way. It involves healthy human relationships, individual and collective tranquility, internal feeling of peace and security, liberty with responsibility, sense of individual and social meaning and happiness.

A society with high material standards and low quality of life lives hassled and confused. When we achieve a high quality of life, we can maximize the most with less. Access to material goods and benefits is very helpful to improve quality of life but is not fully determinant. Virtue makes possible to enjoy abundance. A happy society works better and keep pursuing a successful way of life in all fields of existence. That is the best competitive advantage. We can construct the happy society fostering virtue.

We can structure and reinforce our organizations upon four strong corner stones: love, hope, generosity and service.

Love is the main gift. A successful life begins when we love God, our fellow people and ourselves. Success means to develop and to help others to achieve it. Etymologically ¨love¨ means ¨life¨. To love is to promote and reach plenitude of life for all. Organizations must love, what they do and their clients. It is not difficult to delight customers when we love them.

Hope is nearby related to expectations. It is an exercise of faith, of conviction of the unseen. Genuine leaders believe first, and then they see. Visions are statements of faith. Strong leadership is to pursue and reach what is thought impossible. Strong spirits can see and conquer the possibility of improvement in the stormiest arenas.

Generosity and courage are not mutually exclusive in practice. We are generous when we can find opportunities and possibilities in any human being. Our peers always deserve at least an opportunity. When we hope the best from our people, we do not give place to suspiciousness. Collective confidence can be a reality. In a generous culture we give place to opportunity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Generous organizations share credit and practices solidarity in favorable or adverse times.

Service is a way of life. If you do not live to serve, you are not able to live. Sounds bruising, but that is life. We know it is better to give than to receive. Those who serve understand that we are mainly administrators. We administrate our lives, our positions, our careers, and our relationships. At the end of life we do not own anything. So ask you always: Did you make someone happy? Service is sharing happiness.

 


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