Absolutely true. I can say that in terms of money, the people I have found who live a successful financial life long term figured out what made them happy before the money came. It’s ironic. They identified their purpose and set about pursuing that, rather than happiness itself, and they found a way to be financially healthy.
People I’ve worked with who go about it the opposite way, with needing to have something like money first as a sign of success, end up strangely mutilated as people inside and unable to extend their financial success into other areas of their lives, like marriage, family, relationships with others.
It’s a great point, Benjamin.