Do you want to be happy? Do you know what determines whether you’re happy? Maybe you do. Maybe you have no idea. I’ll give you my interpretation.
Somewhere deep inside each of us is a little gnome. (Stay with me.) The gnome experiences everything we do. He’s the one who actually cares about what we do. You may be very good at getting things accomplished efficiently. The gnome doesn’t really care. He cares about what you’re doing.
He’s an opinionated little guy, and most of us don’t listen to him very often. “Quit your job,” he’ll say, “this is no fun.” Or “Major in music. It’ll be great!” No, you say, that’s not practical. I can’t do that. Nose to the grindstone, be productive, force yourself through it. But there’s a problem with that idea:
The gnome always wins.