Sam Cawthorn is a thought leader and CEO of Empowering Enterprises and featured in USA Today and The New York Times. He is an expert in not only bouncing back but bouncing forward. His main aim and goal is dedicated to helping corporate and personal to accomplish a turnaround and is the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania.
In one of his motivational speeches, Sam made this comment: “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, but they make the most of everything.” How many of us have thought at least one time or another that if I had everything I really needed, it would make me a very happy person? This falsehood is based on the erroneous concept that happiness is based on physical comfort.
Years ago I heard that the great automobile inventor Henry Ford was asked what he thought would make most people happy and he said: “Just a little more.” When asked to explain he said that if you went to someone sleeping under a bridge and asked them what they’d like to have in order to be more comfortable, they would reply that if they had a mattress to sleep on it would make them happier. In other words, just a little more. Then when you went back a few weeks later and asked them the same question, they would mention that a roof over their head to keep their mattress dry would help a lot. They’re only asking for just a little more. The next time you went back, you might hear that having some electricity inside could really make things great. Before long it may be indoor plumbing, then a stove for cooking, then a bed to put their mattress on, moving to a better neighborhood, then some air-conditioning, perhaps a car, then a one-car garage, then a two car garage, and so on and so on. Always, just a little more.
But, concluded Ford, they still wouldn’t be happy. Having just a little more until you have everything is not the actual basis for happiness. Happiness comes when you take what you have and make something out of it that makes life better. And we can all begin with ourselves, our attitudes, our emotions, our motivations, our purpose, our goals, and our lives. So instead of always looking in the windows of department stores or catalogs or on Amazon, look around and see what you already have and think of ways you can make the most out of them before you move on to just a little more. – Dr. Robert R Seyda