Early enough in life for it not to seem totally ridiculous, I made the decision to steadfastly "follow the happy" as a life goal. It has served me well, despite the arguably shameful number of times it has meant leaving a career on the cusp of financial success. As a result, my original idea of what "success" is has been altered - it only gets the stamp if the "the happy" is its core component.
In the parent category I was blessed. My parents are smart, very loving and have always tried to teach me how to be discerning with regards to quality on all fronts. I was always supported in my decisions, even when it came to leaving college and my home in the Midwest for California to pursue my passion, skateboarding. As a result, I have really enjoyed life (the triumph and even the heartbreak of it).
I have been fortunate to have traveled the world through skateboarding: Moscow, Dubai, Sydney, Paris, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Berlin among others - it has been a dream come true.
I have read (and believe) that bliss hinges on living in the moment. The thing I love most about travel (most obvious where there is a big language barrier), is that you spend a far greater amount of time in the moment. Because you have NO idea of what is to come, you're just right there experiencing . . . and it is true, it's constantly blissful.
My have ranged from carpenter to writer, photographer to Professional sporting judge, from National Coach to counter-culture clothing rep.
I've found that saying "yes" to anything career wise that scares you is a great way to expand your horizons and realize your limitations (or lack there of).
I started my own business in 2011 and it is successful (both by my standard as well as in the popular sense).