A great inspiration for me is Richard Branson, always seems to be smiling, takes the occasional risk, lives life to the full, and is always keen to push the boundaries and break out from the norm.
In addition to his incredible business brain and foresight, here is a guy who is fully focused on what really matters in life, and whilst it is easy enough to say "it's ok for him, he's got plenty of money", that didn't happen by luck. Whilst his business empire grows, he has never been afraid to do what makes his heart sing.
Here are 5 of Richard's great tips...
1. "It's the moments that I stopped to be rather than do, that have given me true happiness"
2. "Happiness shouldn't be a goal, it should be a habit"
3. "Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make, or the people they associate with. But, true success should be measured by how happy you are"
4. "Take the focus off everything you need to do, and start being - I promise you, happiness will follow"
5. "Life's too short to waste your time doing things that don't light your fire. It you don't enjoy what you're doing, then it's time to move on to the something that does make you happy"
There is some pretty deep stuff in those five tips, and something which we can explore in greater depth over next week, starting on Monday.
When you think back to Richard's battle when he set up Virgin Atlantic - the view and focus on the consumer (not just making money like some other airlines who seemed intent on putting him out of business), he was not afraid to break out from the pack, throw the mould away, and seek to create a very special experience, with people remembering how they felt and the impact it made.
In a way, that approach is just like Serenity, never being afraid to move away from the mainstream of financial advice which tends to be focused on the pursuit of more, with advisers only worried about clients money. We take a radically different approach, where, in line with Richard Branson, we believe that happiness is the key currency, finding out what really matters to people, and helping them achieve it, combining inspiration with a prudent financial plan. Yes we may get branded as the tree hugging woolly jumper brigade sometimes, but if that helps are clients to find happiness, that is fine with us.
Achieving happiness at work, in business and in our personal lives is something we all strive for. So, all this month we’ve been discussing happiness on Virgin.com. And to motivate you even more to find the true happiness you deserve, here are five top tips from Richard…