“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.”

Steve Agyei
Mar 26, 2016 · 4 min read

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the Day:

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This quote comes from American author H. Jackson Brown, Jr’s inspirational book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller from 1991–1994.

It was originally written as a going-away present for his college-bound son, Adam.

This book contained 511 reminders about,

“How to live a happy and rewarding life”

And became a best-seller worldwide.

It logged for more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list including more than a year at the number one spot.

Life’s Little Instruction Book was the first book to ever occupy the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list in both paperback and hardback formats simultaneously.

Recently I have been working with the multi talented Brent Richards.

Brent is an International award winning Architect, Designer, Academic, and Polymath.

In addition to a variety of professional design positions as an architect, in 1996 he was appointed Dean of the Design School at Central Saint Martins School of Design.

In 1999 Brent designed and established The Design Laboratory at Central St. Martins University (CSM), as a ‘creative bridge’ between the academic programs of Art & Design, and the commercial agenda of industry, professional consultancy, and the wider corporate community.

The Design Laboratory has rapidly transformed itself from an ad hoc freelance design consultancy of CSM graduates, into a leading Creative Intelligence Agency, second to none in Europe.

Brent has worked with 3 Star Michelin Chef Heston Blumenthal doing research, concept and graphic design expanding his brand based on the first ten years of his successful Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray, Berkshire.

Brent is working on a similar concept with myself in health, fitness and wellbeing as opposed to the business of food.

Brent has a successful track record as an independent pioneer in international glass architecture and all-glass engineering, winning a range of awards, including the international The Dupont Benedictus Award in the USA for ‘outstanding innovation’.

Brent has collaborated with specialist Glass experts Cantifix, award and Professor Russell Foster, an eminent neuroscientist from Oxford University, to create the Photon Space, which provides intelligent daylight for a healthy lifestyle.

A few days inside a Photon Space with the positive effects of natural light improving your health, well-being, mood and behaviour is enough to re-set your body clock and provide the simple stimuli your body needs to start flourishing again.

Since the turn of the year Brent and I have been meeting up on a regular basis spending hours discussing creative ideas and principles on how to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of people living a busy lifestyle defining the balance between success, happiness and good health.

Brent asks really challenging, thought provoking questions and I have found the whole process incredibly enlightening.

One thing he said to me in January really struck a cord, he said,

“Are you ready to handle the success of your own idea, because it will take over your life and you need to be completely happy in doing what you are doing, living the lifestyle you will be living.”

He went on to say,

“When I listen to you say what makes you really happy, I am not sure that what you are proposing completely aligns with this?”

This one question and the thoughts it evoked literally turned my whole world upside down on it’s head. The idea was basically the same, it was just the approach to it that needed to change and once that was clear in my mind everything else has fallen into place with remarkable ease.

The moral of the story is for you to make sure success is not achieved at the expense of your own happiness.

You can have all the success and money in the world, but without happiness it is worthless.

Have a super Saturday peeps,

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream


Steve Agyei

Author of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Founder of Celebrity Training Secrets

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I am a Choreographer, Personal Trainer and Yogi, Author & Motivational Speaker, who loves life, especially Dance, Sport,Travelling,Walking, Reading, Yoga & Dogs

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