The Price of Progress

If you want to be happy, you have to be willing to be somebody else’s reason for being unhappy.

If you want to be successful, you have to be okay with being seen as a failure.

If you want to lead a quiet life, you have to be willing to be seen as a selfish jerk who isn’t involved enough.

If you want to make a difference, you have to be willing to disrupt the peace of  those who like things the way they already are.

If you want to say “yes” to the life of your dreams, you have to be willing to offend those who never want to be told “no.”

If you want to remain loyal to your priorities and principles, you have to be willing to be seen as disloyal by those who think you have an obligation to be committed to whatever their philosophy is.

There’s a world of a difference between living a good life and being seen by others as someone who’s living a good life. Achieving the former very often requires a willingness to sacrifice the latter.

For every happy, successful, or fulfilled person, there’s a worried and confused acquaintance, standing somewhere in the distance, still trying to figure out how, why, and when their dear old buddy fell off the deep end.