Jessa Crispin on by-products:

I was having a conversation with a writer the other day, and he stated that the best things are always by-products. Happiness is a by-product, and I loved that he said that. You can plot your journey to success or happiness or wealth or whatever it is you’re looking for, but if you’re too focused on the end result, you’re going to miss anything good going on around you.

Via always wonderful bobulate.

5 Comments leave a comment below

  1. That’s a great observation. I once heard this saying: “Money is the by-product of hard work and not the end goal” (or something like that). I find if I chase money you become greedy. What do you become when you chase happiness? Isn’t there a saying in Buddhism that the “first step to unhappiness is to seek happiness”? (sorry for butchering all those great sayings)

  2. This is very true, if you take a step back and have a look around there is always something worth being happy about. it just might not be quite what you had in mind. The secret is to be open about it, don’t loose your dreams or expectations just be happy for them to change.

  3. or as the late, great Mr. Lennon put it – life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.

  4. True, true. I find that a lot of my best work comes as a result of a by-product.