There are two types of feelings in this world. Feelings that relate to the physical, and feelings that relate to the internal.
The physical feelings like hunger, temperature, or headaches can be easily rectified. These are the kinds of feelings animals primarily concern themselves with. Ie you won’t see any dogs complaining about a lack of fulfillment.
Then there are the internal ones like discontentedness, joy or fulfillment.
Combine enough of these positive feelings together and you’ll be what people consider happy. However entrepreneurs or those with colossal ambitions are rarely happy, because they’re too hungry and driven to ever settle for feelings like fulfillment and satisfaction. This leads to amazing achievements but a low quality of internal life.
So what’s the trick?
Tip the scales. Make your hunger for achievement and mastery a part of your physical well being. Make it so compelling that your body writhes and complains until you satiate the need, the need for action towards your goals.
And then give the internal world a break and enjoy the ride.
You need to balance the drive for a better life and ever greater achievement with the need for joy and happiness.
The ultimate benefit?
No burnout. When you’re accomplishing ever greater things every single day and you’re loving the hell out of every moment of it you will never feel unhappy or like you’re life lacks purpose.
Joy, purpose, material rewards. These things only come to those who can think of nothing else in there lives, who physically become ill if they’re not in hot pursuit of these goals.