Wealth = Health + Gratitude + Happiness
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charounAuthor, Professor, Venture Capitalist
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Chris Haroun teaches many business courses online at www.udemy.com/u/chris-har...

Chris Haroun is an award winning business school professor, venture capitalist and the author of "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You In Business School ", which Forbes magazine calls "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs need to read right now" along with Peter Thiel's book and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Chris is currently a venture capitalist at a prominent San Francisco Bay Area venture capital firm and has previous work experience at Goldman Sachs and several firms that he has founded. He has successfully raised and also has managed over $1bn in his business/finance career.

Chris is also a frequent guest lecturer at several Bay Area business schools including Berkeley and Stanford. He has written numerous articles and been interviewed in Forbes, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired Magazine, AlleyWatch.

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Wealth = Health + Gratitude + Happiness

When I started my second company, I was stressed out

I took a drive alone down the beautiful California coast. I stopped by a beautiful old church and I sat down and collected my thoughts. A priest sat next to me.

We spoke for a while about what I was trying to accomplish

I mentioned that I wanted to make as much money as possible so that I could give my children the standard of living that I wanted them to have.

What he told me that day was incredibly prophetic:

“Chris, 50 years from now your children will not look back on you and remember how much money you made. They will look back and reflect how good of a father you were.”

I was blown away by his comment and I thanked him profusely

I now know in my heart that money does not equal happiness. Please don’t make it your primary goal. Find your passion in life and the money will come whether you want it to or not!

You will be much more successful in business

If you have sincere personal gratitude for what you have.

If we are grateful for at least 1 different thing every day

If we are grateful for at least one different thing

All Your Wealth Can't Buy You Health

In order to be happy you need to find time to exercise daily (no excuses) and focus on nutrition (no excuses) and get 7-8 hours of sleep per night (no excuses).

Exercising daily helps you think more clearly

That positive attitude will remain elevated with exercise.

Wealth = Health + Gratitude + Happiness

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2 years agoReply
Thanks @Sydney for the shout-out. I must say that ignoring social media has really helped me be both happier and more productive. Also agreed about exercising - clears the mind and makes you more myopic. Even if you have a job, it's always good to continue networking.

2 years agoReply
@sydney Still working on finding a great approach but exercising regularly has definitely helped me find some balance in life. Particularly I enjoy it because it gets me away from everything else I need to do and I can just focus on that and enjoy the workout.

2 years agoReply
In good faith !

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2 years agoReply
@themasterho Ahhhh that's crazy!! How do you keep the habit? i know it can be hard, especially when something comes up (party, trip, weekend etc.) to get back in the swing of things

2 years agoReply
@sydney Hi Sydney! Working two jobs and taking 16 hours in college here. Life can be super hectic, and I've come to realize that I've been letting work suck up all of my time and inadvertently my life. I've started a daily practice now where I exercise (when I can, sorry Chris!), keep in touch with loved ones, and try to explore all the nooks and crannies of Austin with my friends whenever I can. It's been a month since I have made the change, but I have been more productive and happier in all aspects of my life! :)

2 years agoReply
@sydney So glad you asked. Accepting death at any moment. And appreciation for microinteractions between close friends & family. A simple hug or deep conversation is the essence of who we are.

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2 years agoReply
@KinaDeSantis we'll make it go viral :)

2 years agoReply
@sydney Maybe I'll write a post! ;)

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2 years agoReply
@shanemileham Will give it a try! That is seriously awesome! Do you set a timer or is more free form? @KinaDeSantis So many quotable things here!! I love your 3P's People, Place, Peace! Amazing! ( I guess positivity too)

2 years agoReply
@sydney Firstly, I appreciate your generous comments. As far as finding Health, gratitude and happiness -- I think it's a mindset. It's easy to see someone else's company doing great and feel behind, or to see a model and feel ugly or see someone traveling the world and feel unhappy that you are missing out. If I had to break it down, I would focus on these three things: People, place and peace. People - I surround myself with ONLY positive people. If they're negative often, I won't put my time there. Friends should help uplift you, not take you down. Place - Put yourself in situations that will help you grow or success. Go to yoga, work out of your favorite coffee shop, spend time where you want to. Peace - be at peace with where you are in life, circumstances and whatever your situation is.