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Strategy 6: Embrace the Negative

When I first transitioned my career from venture capitalist to happiness speaker, I expected a life of unending happiness. I thought that if I dug into the research and helped others find more happiness in their lives, I’d become an expert in applying those tools to my own life too. I became intolerant of any negative emotion, diving immediately into some happiness practice to rush back to a happier state.

This strategy (mostly) worked for the first 18 months. But the challenges of working for myself, the slow build of revenue, and the loneliness of being an extrovert now working alone started to wear ...

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