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Happiness & Fear

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I’ve thought a lot about our goals (professional and personal)—we all want to achieve all our goals and ultimately be happy and successful. We agree the key steps to achieving our goals lie within teamwork, working smarter not harder, a no fear attitude, and pushing ourselves for more.

“Happiness—defined as a state of heightened positive emotion—has a profound positive effect on our professional and personal lives. It increases our emotional and social intelligence, boosts our productivity, and heightens our influence over peers and colleagues.”1

Here are seven scientifically proven ways you can build your happiness, and become more successful as a result.

“If the lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him.” —Sir Thomas More

We are each stronger than we can even imagine. We cannot let fear rob us of our destiny. We first need to get ourselves out there and get in the game. We cannot be afraid or fear failure.

Check out Under Armour’s latest video with Michael Phelps, as he trains and pushes himself beyond all limits.



“It’s what you do in the dark, that puts you into the light.”

Have a great weekend.


1Seppälä, Emma. The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success. (2016). HarperOne.

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I frequently attend conferences and retreats on entrepreneurship and leadership and while I am away, the J2 team picks up the slack, allowing me to learn to be better at what I do. I wanted to share what I was learning with my team, so I created the weekly FFfT emails in November of 2015 and have been writing them ever since.

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