Life, Liberty and YOUR Pursuit of Happiness

In the spirit of the Independence Day, I want you to take some time to reflect on the importance of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” not only when it comes to our country, but when it comes to your personal life.

I believe each of us has the power to discover our purpose and become joyful in the pursuit of that purpose. This journey may not be easy however; if you look back in history you’ll realize that nothing important and meaningful ever is.

To help guide you in your pursuit of happiness, I want to introduce you to what I call the “LIVE RICH FACTOR”. I call it this because those who find the purpose that leads them to happiness are the luckiest people in the world and are in fact, the ones who are truly living richly.

There are four basic principles involved in creating your LIVE RICH Factor:

The hardest thing to do is to be honest with yourself. We lie more to ourselves than to anyone else. You must tell yourself the truth about whether or not you are truly happy. If you are not happy, you must admit it to yourself. To really be connected to your truth, you must tell yourself and the world the truth. You must have what I call “truth congruence”— which means that who you are on the inside matches who you show to the world on the outside.

You are your own harshest critic. Many people talk to themselves in a way they would never accept from a stranger, a friend, or a loved one. If this describes you, try stopping the negative conversations you have with yourself immediately.

Try this, for one week, simply commit to just saying “Stop it!” when you think a negative thought about yourself. If you are in the habit of saying negative things to yourself, you will find this is one of the most difficult exercises you will ever do. Carry a pad with you at all times and make a mark each time you catch yourself “thinking negative.” You’ll find that as the days go on your negative thinking can quickly be reduced. The motivational expert Zig Ziglar uses a phrase I love about people having “stinking thinking.” Your job is to cut out that stinking thinking.

It’s hard to be joyful when you’re always judging others. In fact, it’s close to impossible. Judging others creates a huge amount of stress in our lives. It affects our marriages and our relationships with our kids as well as the way we relate to friends, coworkers, and society in general.

We are not here to judge one another. The next time you find yourself upset at someone or some situation, stop yourself and ask, “Are you judging?” Judging others is often an unconscious habit. But it’s a habit that can be changed the moment you decide to stop doing it and just this little change can make a huge difference.

It’s okay to pursue fun. It’s what children do. My greatest joy these days is the simple pleasure of going to the park with my sons, Jack and James. The park is free; the time I spend with them in the park is priceless.

Why do we stop pursuing fun as we get older? Fun shouldn’t be squeezed into a few weeks of vacation each year. It shouldn’t be squeezed into the last chapter of your life when you will supposedly have enough money to “retire.” Fun deserves to be a part of your life now. Most of the things in life that are fun can be done for little or no money. But fun doesn’t just happen. You must make having it a priority in your life or it will go missing. And life is too short to not have fun.

This 4th of July I want you to take a moment and think about your pursuit of happiness and then go HAVE FUN! Report back to me by commenting below or on my Facebook page about what makes your life RICH!

Live Rich,

David Bach



17 thoughts on “Life, Liberty and YOUR Pursuit of Happiness

  1. Thank you for sharing these core and simple steps to re-gain the moments of happiness and peace! To remain happy and positive all time seems very tough, but with these steps it will be much easier, simpler and without paying any real price..! It’s a state of mind and if we achieve this state sooner, we will reach our financial and spiritual goals faster…! Happy independence day and let everyone become financially free…!!!

  2. Hello David,
    I read your emails/blogs regarding all the great advice on finance. So much so, I have a home based business that has begun to generate residual income. I have open up several t-accounts to save money and thus far, things are moving in the right directions. In addition, I am reading motivating books, such as “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. What an insight of the human drivers that make “us” feel alive. Thank you for your insight, time, and talents that God has allowed you to share with all your readers and followers.

    God Bless,


  3. David, These are some very good and thought provoking questions and not so easy to answer. Beautiful music drives ugly thoughts and feelings from my being and makes me feel happy and beautiful.- must be what heaven is like. On the other hand, not being able to share what you love with the one you love, make it hard to be really happy. Been widowed for 12 years now and still miss him.

  4. I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day !!I in the spirit of the Holiday.

    Thank you.

    Kong Sourivong

  5. Spending quality time with my family helps me to feel rich. Just having get-togethers on the weekends where we eat delicious food, chat with one another and tell old stories or anecdotes or explore what we have going on in our lives. This enriches my life and, hopefully, my children’s lives as well.

  6. I teach Performance Excellence to executives, managers, and supervisors. I love the four principles of your living rich factors. I will share them with my classes as I am always trying to help people come to understand how critical fun is to their lives–laughing outloud heals, and actually makes your other 3 principles moot.

  7. David you and I must be mentally connected, because i have been on the same path. I am a single mother and a full time student. I am a huge critic of my self. I am very hard of my self, and when I feel I am not doing well as a parent or student its rough in my home. Your points are so helpful and yes I have told my boys that this summer we will be doing more free stuff. Just yesterday we went to a new pool that is walking distance from our home and it is free!!? We spent about 3 hours in the water and the day was great.
    I love your books and your advice. Thank you David!!!

    Dawn crowell

  8. Great advice, David. I think the hardest of these is to stop lying to yourself. I have clients who have that problem (as I’m sure you do as well), and I tell them “you need to hold an intervention for yourself.” You need to confront yourself and say that it must stop for your own health and happiness’ sake. The problem is people get caught up in appearances or get comfortable in a job or a career and they don’t want to do the hard work to move into doing work they would love. But they will be MUCH happier if they do that hard work.

  9. i have fun when i go to work, espeially on the fourth of july. where i live and work, people are having a parade. i get to broadast that on the radio. not bad.

  10. This article is right in alignment with a book that I’ve been reading called “The No Complaining Rule”. I find it fantastic! And, I’m glad to see you have the same mentality.

    After raising my son, I’m finding it is time for me to have fun!

  11. Happy Belated Fourth!! Yes you are right one week vacation a year is not enough time to constitute fun!! Another point I am working on his not letting other people judge me and steal my dreams!!!

  12. Morning David. I have just read your issue of Life, Liberty and YOUR Pursuit of Happiness. Its one of the best pieces. I reflected on it and its very true. My only problem is I fun with things that pay me in the long run. I have the best fun in them and ofcourse shared with my family. The one thing I feel strong on is I always believed judging people delay my future planning thinking. And your answer helps strengthen my believe here. Thanks very much for this motivation. Have fun David.

  13. Independence is always a wonderful time to celebrate the countries achievement. Its also a great time to set new goals and learn from our mistakes. Here in Jamaica, we have a lot to give thanks for such as warm sunshine, great music, delicious food and great athletes.

  14. Tom Cruise was right, we can’t handle the truth, especially within ourselves. I judge people and myself continually because of standards; behavior, values and ‘truthiness’.
    Fun is where I can find it, rarely at work because of the judging and truth things. Mostly it’s found on a lone stretch of highway on a motorcycle.