Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shares in his TED Talk on “Flow, the secret to happiness” that people report they are most happy when they are doing challenging work and believe they have the skill necessary to do it well. If the work is not quite challenging enough then they feel they are in control but not as productive as they would like to be. If they are lacking in skills then they feel a bit anxious but motivated to learn…

Don’t settle. Happiness is found in focusing on the most challenging work that you are ready to do. If you have been focused on the same topic for several years, then you are ready for the challenging work of sharing what you have learned with others—and will experience happiness in doing so.

What have you been preparing to share—even if you did not realize it?

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