The 6 Enemies of Happiness

Posted June 6, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder
Common quote in the football….errrr, business…..errr, sports in general…..errr, fatherly advice…..worlds: The enemy of great is good. Well, if that’s true, then the enemy of happy is complacent, right? Jessica Hagey, contributor over at tells us that there is not one, but six enemies of greatness. And these enemies are the same enemies of happiness.

Read all of Jessica’s “The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)” now at by clicking here. But in the meantime, here’s my personal favorite of Jessica’s clever drawings and explanations:


1) Availability

We often settle for what’s available, and what’s available isn’t always great. “Because it was there,” is an okay reason to climb a mountain, but not a very good reason to take a job or a free sample at the supermarket.


What’s the message here? Don’t settle! Some of the most important advice you can get. And follow it. It might just make you great…..and happy!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

One Comment


    According to the article’s poll, readers think that comfort is the biggest reason why people fail to achieve greatness. I agree: change is hard, and we prefer the easy life.

    The article reminds me that the “availability” one is the reason I am single. I am unwilling to settle for a good-but-not-great relationship with a partner. I think my life is better now because I am independent.

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