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Happiness Is A Balance: A Framework to Success

Frank DiGiammarino spoke at NextGen about the road to happiness and what you need to do to get on this path and reach your capstone. It was one of the most successful sessions and we wanted to provide you with the guide provided at the event - "Happiness is a Balance: A Framework to Success"

Career happiness is about balance: (1) knowing who you are, (2) understanding why you do the things you do, and (3) what tasks and activities you want to be doing. When these three things are in balance your career isn't just your job. It becomes something you do and makes you happy.


Who are you?

Self-discovery is a life-long pursuit. While you can be influenced and evolve based off certain experiences, Frank states each person has a core that rarely changes. This core defines who you are and what makes you happy. Frank's challenge is to find the things you love to do, play, read, blog about, or discuss with your friends and invest in them now


Why are you doing this vs. that?

Frank discussed the idea of the value chain. He listed 7 values which you manage on a daily basis: standard of living, location, family, friends, community, hobbies and health. By looking at each of these values you can prioritize those most important. You can't do it all. Frank states that you must evaluate what's most important to you and do those. 


What is you capstone?

Take the time to rate yourself with the survey inside this guide. As you apply yourself and get better at certain skills, find ways to take on others.  Once you know the skills you need, find the ways to develop them. 


Finding a balance between who you are, why you do the things you do and clarity on the task you want to be doing will give us that happiness you are searching for. Focus on who you are before you look at the "what." Frank concludes by saying, "until you take time to figure out the 'who' and 'why,' you will have a hard time getting everything into balance. "


Find your passion and GO FOR IT!


Check out the complete guide Happiness is A Balance, A Framework to Success here.

Download the PDF here.


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Comment by Dominic Ross on May 22, 2013 at 3:35pm

This is a wonderful to have discovered. I've shared this post on my personal blog. Keep up the good work. Not too many people can alone come up with ways to create that essential balance needed in life that permits happiness.

Comment by Kerry Ann O'Connor on September 7, 2012 at 1:34pm

Squee!  Good stuff!  I love seeing more and more people thinking this way!  I just wrote up a framework about "what makes you come alive," which is very similar.  It's about balancing your relationship with various elements of your life.

My favorite quote is by Howard Thurman.  "Don't ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is for more people to come alive."

Comment by Kanika Tolver on August 9, 2012 at 11:34am

I love this quote!

Once you open that door, you need
to charge through it and lose
yourself in it.

Comment by GovLoop on August 9, 2012 at 9:45am

What's your favorite part?  I love the DOOM loop on pg 19 - makes so much sense to me and I've personally been through the loop and seen others.  Key to be in the "Like/Not Good At" quadrant 

Comment by Vanessa Vogel on August 9, 2012 at 9:27am

@Kanika Tolver this does help. Thanks for your comment! I don't know where you are in this pursuit of happiness but if you want more books to read I recommend the ones Frank discussed. There's a list of resources at the end of the guide you might want to check out!

Comment by Kanika Tolver on August 7, 2012 at 10:56pm

@Vanessa I started to read more books in self-branding, I started to workout more, I took time to understand who Kanika wanted to be in this world. I stopped validating my happiness through a job, people, and things. People can be toxic and as you evolve you will have to let some people go. I hope that helps. 

Comment by Eric Benson on August 7, 2012 at 11:08am

Just a speedy peek at Frank DiGiammarino's work and I'm "happy" it has been shared :-)  I often refer to the process of self-discovery as "The Heavy Lifting".  Too few undertake the journey, but for those who do The Heavy Lifting, the rewards are immeasurable.  Most notably is the increased peace and increased performance that comes from becoming, as I say, One Happy-Being!  Thanks for giving this material a wider audience :-)

Comment by Vanessa Vogel on August 6, 2012 at 9:54am

@Samuel Lovett Frank highly emphasizes this idea of self evaluation and the infinite number of ways to achieve the final goal. He talks about finding what you are good at and sticking to. Doors are everywhere. We need to open one and charge through it. They always lead to other doors and at times we will feel we have entered into the wrong one but we can still go back out and do something else.

@David B. Grinberg this post goes along with what Frank says about people not being able to have it all. They have to pick and choose what is most valuable. From the 7 values, Frank states that you can easily manage 3 but 4 would be pushing it!

@Kanika Tolver I loved your blog! What are some tips that you have done to work on your self-discovery? Have you become happier through the process? Any other tips you've found successful that Frank didn't cover in his guide?

@Andrew Krzmarzick thanks! Here's to all of us truly finding our passions and sticking to the things that make us most happy in life! 

@Jack Shaw your ideas coincide with Frank's about the need to identify who you are in the beginning. I liked what you stated at the end in reference to us being actors. The the trick is "to identify who you are and use that knowledge effectively. Once you know who you are and why you belong on the stage the rest is conversation." 

Comment by Jack Shaw on August 3, 2012 at 11:42am

I've been doing a personal make-over of who I am since I retired from the Federal government. This is great advice to the young. It's easy to become the "champion" for a cause in the government. It's quixotic and a wonderful feeling at first helping others, but don't forget yourself. http:\\

Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on August 3, 2012 at 9:14am

You did such a great job with the design on this guide, Vanessa. Here's to finding your happiness and pursuing it!

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