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Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business (preview 2)

We are pleased to bring you part two of this excerpt from the Ram Dass title "Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business".  Learn how to gain balance in your life, learn effective strategies for happiness, in order to reach your full potential, both personally and professionally.  

Some people who have been very successful in this culture, who have won in a big way and in their early wins, were part of the moving-forward success, and they were very, very excited and each win was another marker along the way.  Then, as they got a greater margin of success, it was harder to see it as a path because they saw that the difference, for example, between having 20 million and 80 million wasn’t going to really change the style of their life that much.  It was going to put them in a different league with other players, but it wasn’t going to change the style of their life that much. They began to feel that the excitement or the feelings of the gratification that success brought with each act started to diminish as the successes got greater and greater, which is a very strange experience.

You would think they would get higher and higher but they don’t seem to. for the early successes, of the first good deal has a certain gratification.  But, the facts of the future deals are a very different kind of psychological experience than the first deal. You do a thing, it gives you a certain feeling of happiness or fulfillment or pleasure, and that is just like a rat in a maze, that the animal learns to turn right and get a pellet, you get that certain feeling.  Everybody looks at you and smiles, you’re doing well, you’re doing wonderfully, come be with us, let’s have lunch together, and then at that moment you are motivated to try the next one and the next one, and that is the route of what often turns out to be an addiction, or an obsession.