In this episode, I interview Brian Bagnall. Brian is an in-demand author and speaker. He is also a serial entrepreneur who just never seemed to fit into society and went on a never-ending quest to find happiness. He discovered that the conventional formula for happiness is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around. Brian has recently taken his discoveries about happiness and used them as the basis for a book; The Happiness Bible will be in a bookstore near you in November 2013.
Brian’s background is very interesting and varied. He has done everything from real estate investing, to online marketing, to even a short stint selling cigarettes online. All of these things have led him to where he is today, and his teaching about how to find happiness and improve your business.
I asked Brian what it means to be happy–his response was that you need to do a couple of things:
- Stop comparing yourself to other people and how they define success.
- Detach yourself from the obstacles that pop up along your path to success.
Brian shares that, in his experience, the main reason why people fail to take actions on things they want is that they have a fundamental problem with their belief systems. They believe that they do not deserve money or happiness–and they are far too concerned with what other people think of them.
In order to become more action-oriented, and break through the fear of failure, Brian suggested that people change their definition of failure. He shared with us that the original meaning of the word failure is to “miss the mark”. I thought this was an interesting fact that could be helpful in understanding what failure really means.
Brian listed certain characteristics of people who live their life to the fullest and have a truly happy life:
- They have a purpose that is clearly defined in their mind as to why they want to be successful and what makes them happy.
- They have a fire in their belly that fuels them and drives them relentlessly.
- They are often a bit of a rebel.
- They have a desire to make a difference.
Brian’s parting words of advice are simple:
Don’t care what other people think of what you are trying to do.
brian-bagnall.com – Brian’s web site
TheHappinessBible.com – Brian’s new book. Get your free copy!