What does it mean to be happy? And can you find happiness at work? Searching for an answer, ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle proposed the concept of eudaimonia. It means to live well or flourish as a human being. If you want to live well personally and in business, you can break flourishing into three areas.
1. Virtue or Excellence
The purpose of a knife is to cut, and that’s why it’s useful or even productive. The purpose of an entrepreneur is to start and sometimes run a new business, even if this means taking on financial risks. The purpose of a CEO is to serve as the public face of a company and lead it.
Flourishing starts with knowing who you are and what your job is. If you’re not in an ideal job yet, consider your strengths and weaknesses and what you want to achieve.
Also known as arete, virtue or excellence is about more than earning money. Aristotle wrote: “The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.”