Are You Optimizing Your Life for Happiness?

Most people would agree that one of the primary goals of life is to be happy. Yet, I’ve noticed that a lot of people’s decision-making doesn’t reflect this stated goal.

Before starting my nomadic, entrepreneurial, and life optimizing journey in 2017, I didn’t prioritize my happiness. I prioritized my career and becoming successful.

Back then, I was stressed, unhealthy, and sacrificing my well-being in pursuit of my goals.

And I had fallen into the classic Western trap of believing that happiness is something obtained from external events as opposed to from within yourself.

Many of the fundamental tenets of how I live my life now would’ve been unfathomable to me back then. Moving to developing countries in search of higher quality of living and financial freedom? I had never met anyone who lived this way.

The most significant shift for me has been detaching myself from the need for others to approve of my life. And instead thinking deeply about what will make me happy and what I want out of life, and then doing that.

I challenge you to pause and reflect on whether happiness is a primary goal and whether your actions are congruent with this goal.

Life is short. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to live the life of your dreams.

Cam Woodsum
I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.