We're happy to introduce you to our guest author for today: Matthew Scott. Matthew is the founder and CEO of The Life's Work Group and a Duct Tape Marketing Coach. We asked Matthew to share his fresh point of view with the readers of The BIG Blog.
People, get your hygge on...
No, it does not require you to show you have no rhythm. You will not need to stretch. You will not need to wear a safety helmet.
A prince does it. I do it. You can do it.
Hygge (pronounced "hoogey") is the Danish term for gatherings, sometimes spontaneous where you hang-out with people around a common shared interest.
I recently watched a show that announced Denmark as the happiest place on earth. It would not have been my first choice. A recent Cambridge University happiness study researched the world for indicators of happiness and the country with some of the highest taxes in the world --between 50 & 70% of incomes -- and some really dreary weather is #1 in overall happiness.
So, I began to share with my executive and entrepreneurial coaching clients what I learned.
"How can entrepreneurs learn more happiness from the Danes?"
1. Define happiness in not only how you feel right now, but also how you feel about your entire life. Begin to measure success backward vs. forward. Measure the progression of how far you have come vs. elusive ideal of how far you have to go.
2. Don't gain your self-identity from your job title. In Denmark, people generally don't choose careers based on income or status. They call it 'Jante-lov," which means 'You're no better than anybody else.' You are measured on the quality of your work. One feature is on a garbage man who is not judged by his career choice but is respected for doing a noble job, being loved by the people he visits with every week, and that he is the respected soccer coach because his choice of work allows him to be done by 12 noon and spend the rest of day with his family and the kids he coaches.
3. Engage in "hygge." 92% of Danes belong to some kind of social club. It could be dancing, singing, wine-tasting, neighborhood supper clubs, or whatever shared passion with other-like minded people. In fact, the Danish government will even pay for this.
4. Have nice things, but don't make consumption a top priority. Danes are not impressed with "stuff."
5. Build trust networks at work and in our community. We have a long way to go here, but to show you the possibility--Danes often leave babies unattended in strollers outside cafes, and even though they can afford cars, they prefer to ride bikes.
You may attend a complimentary tele-seminar and learn more about finding work that matters and living a more meaningful life as an entrepreneur by visiting men@pause coach Matthew Scott, M.S. at www.menatpausecoach.com