We often define our happiness in terms of what we want for ourselves, but the only way to be happy is to be needed by others. When you’re traveling the world at 22 in search of the perfect sushi, you are as far from needed as you can possibly be.
My friend, Jon Kraft, the founding CEO of Pandora, asked me to write an essay about a childhood extracurricular activity as part of the launch of his new startup, Thrively, which helps children from all backgrounds discover and pursue their passions in life. With Jon’s permission, we’re republishing the essay.
Finding what you’re looking for is easy. Finding what you never knew you wanted is divine. This is especially true in real estate: we swoon for the perfect property, but often look for it in the wrong places or just stop looking entirely. So after years of letting people search on every possible attribute of a …