This was my email reply to my co-worker on the subject of happiness.
Hi Marti [y],
You asked me what I thought of what a successful man told you, on [your] trip to Portland. The man said you can be happy or you can be successful, but not both.
I don't think the man was accurate in his observations. It is as in a point of time when a craftsman learns the difference between pressure and displacement, on a hydraulic system, for the first time.
It is hard, at first, to understand that a pump does not put out pressure. Pressure is force over an area of space (P = f /A). This space is located inside the fluid of the hydraulic system and does not include the pump. The pump simply supplies an area of time or distance for the fluid to displace to and from. Inside the fluid is the potential, or wealth, of the system, while the pump produces the successful movement of that wealth from one area to another. Success is the means to wealth, but not the wealth itself.
Wealth is energy. More accurately, it is potential energy. Riches, or success, are kinetic energy. Together, wealth and riches move in waves from one to the other, but never achieving either. In fact you can only achieve wealth; you have to experience success. Wealth is complex; success is a simplifying process and only gets complicated as you achieve wealth.
Wealth is what the man was really seeking; wealth of body, spirit, mind and culture. These things represent all that fills the space inside you. Like the craftsman finally understanding how a hydraulic system really works, you achieve happiness by first understanding the difference between the potential, inside the fluid, and the displacement of the energy itself (power).
Marty said I was, "out of control", "but in a good way." Thanks for listening.