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José Carlos Pons

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Wouldn't happiness bring about professional and personal stagnation?

I have not met a human being who does not want to be happy. However, following the argument brought forward by Shawn Anchor, unhappiness is the main driver for continuous personal and professional development, i.e. we are never satisfied with what we have.
In this scenario, would't happiness bring about professional and personal stagnation.

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  • Aug 11 2012: Jose's opinion is supported by Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. In his book "Human Action: A Treatise on Economics", he argued that the opposite to action is not inaction, it is contentment. Man acts because he is never fully satisfied, and will never stop because he can never be fully satisfied.
    When I first read this, I had a "Sixth Sense" moment. I knocked myself upside the head and thought "Duh!, of course he's right."

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