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Why Pursuing Happiness May Leave You Feeling Empty

How emotional well-being equals success

As a kid growing up on a remote cattle ranch in Wyoming, I grew up scrappy. I had to be fast to outrun a charging bull and innovative enough to find a way to saddle a horse so tall that my stirrup came to rest at eye level. I never thought much about emotional wellbeing and considered the pursuit of happiness a symptom of weak minds and coddled lifestyles.

As a young FBI agent, I leaned into the type of Stoicism that was my birthright — I gritted my teeth and bowed my head to push through obstacles. I learned early to endure hardship without complaint, which worked for a while.

Until it didn't.

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