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Episode 22

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22nd Apr 2021

Happiness

This episode is about a somewhat illusive concept called “happiness”.  Many times, our pursuit of this is an adventure in missing the point. So, we’ll bring a bit of a counterculture (roguish!) perspective to cultivating a happy life. And, as always, our conversation will be roguish, as we weave in our core values and, as always, we’ll share a mystic MacNugget. Let’s strap in…

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 Manifesto points to consider:

  • Wise evolves from me to we.      
  • Wise measures effectiveness against faithfulness.
  • Wise Goes beyond what happens to what matters.

THE SETUP-Happiness. Basis for this discussion comes from an article in The Atlantic by Arthur C. Brooks, entitled, “True success is more than checking boxes.”

Definition        

  • A state of well-being and contentment.
  • A pleasurable or satisfying experience (life).
  • Bliss, joy, delight.

Beatles vs Rolling Stones: Wanting to hold your hand vs getting satisfaction. Ha! Should it even be about our happiness? My story about the “no”.

THE ISSUES

  • In our western society we are “checklisters”.
  • Accomplishment and ambition don’t drive happiness. It’s misbegotten to think so.
  • Birthdays are milestones to check our progress.
  • Scorekeeping makes us dependent on external rewards, and it sets us up for dissatisfaction.
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.
  • Relying on external rewards lowers satisfaction.
  • Why does happiness seem so elusive? Or is it?
  • If your happiness depends on an escalating list of worldly accomplishments, you might soon find that your fear of failure supplants your ambition.

THE SOLUTION-WHAT DOES BRING HAPPINESS?

WHO HAS INTRINSIC CHARACTERISTICS THAT I ADMIRE AND WANT TO  EMULATE?

WHAT DO PEOPLE MOST NEED FROM ME, AND HOW CAN I PROVIDE IT?

WHAT IS MY LIFE’S PURPOSE?

  • Asking life’s “why” questions.
  • If you can’t say that you have a happy life, shoot for just some happy moments. String them together and amazingly you get a life filled with happiness.

 Happiness comes from the illumination of your greatest virtues, thus showing the way for other people, and making visible to yourself your true purpose.

MYSTIC MACNUGGET

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." —William James 

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About the Podcast

The WizeGuys
Going rogue in pursuit of wisdom.
A cosmic exhale—it’s what we all yearn for. Mac and Stu are a couple of WizeGuys with decades of experience in navigating the nuances of life as entrepreneurs, family men, coaches, mentors, facilitators, thought leaders, masters of relationship, and contemplative mystics. Join with them as they apply an eclectic approach to life, centered around the concept of cultivating wisdom. They will help you build discernment through the art of asking the “whys”, and by showing that going rogue is the only way to break free of the biases that keep us from doing it just a little bit better.

They realize that what got us here is not going to get us there. Take a journey with them where you’ll experience ah-ha moments stimulated by their conversation that’s filled with wit, candor, vulnerability, and always seasoned with right amount of the mysterious. We’re all exotic cocktails, and learning to celebrate our wonderful uniqueness as we build oneness is the perfect recipe for crafting a better world for everyone.

Mac is The Maverick and Stu is The Maestro. Blending those perspectives in an almost magical way to get after it and call it out will show you how together is better. They’ll use the events of the day to practically apply a roguish blend of modern perspective and timeless wisdom sagacity. Seeking clarity over certainty changes everything. You want some of that? Then relax, enjoy, and engage. Oh...and make sure that you strap in…

About your hosts

Larry (Mac) McDonald

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Mac's the Maverick. He's well known for blurring the edges and going into the grey. On top of being an entrepreneur, he's a speaker, thought leader, avid hiker, Papa, and passionate community volunteer. Not one to follow the "heard", be prepared for him to call it as he sees it as well as applying just a hint of the mystical to keep you guessing. Strap in...
Interact with Mac at mac@wizeguys.life

John (Stu) Stulak

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Stu’s the Maestro. Not only is he a family man, software company owner, and wrestling coach, but he has a natural ability to expertly orchestrate everything he does, from relationship building to coaching to group dynamics. And let's not forget that he'll keep Mac from straying too far afield as he applies a nuanced touch to the conversation. You'll love him...
Feel free to contact Stu at stu@wizeguys.life