Sorry, it's a little long. I met with a well respected entrepreneur a few weeks ago. He and I were talking about his business and success. He looks me in the eye and says I don't have to work. I figured this, but I didn't really react to the statement, as it caught me off-guard. He said you know.. I sold one of my companies about 6 years ago and I moved to South Beach. He bought a condo overlooking the water and planned on living the good life. Within 4 months he came back and bought into another business. His reasoning surprised me. He said his "retirement" gave him no purpose. He wasn't needed and the dream life everyone wants, wasn't a dream. I don't know this guy that well, so I was kind of taken back he was telling me all this. As he continued, he made a slight pause and put his cell phone down on his desk. He clasped his hands and said I want to briefly tell you my life after I sold the last company. He said I frankly didn't have a plan. I would wake up and go to the beach on Monday, on Tuesday would be golf, Wednesday was an errand day, Thursday he would go back to the beach and maybe golf the next day and so on. He looks at me with this dead stare and says honestly how many hours can you lay on a beach? Before I could even think about responding to the rhetorical question he blurts out, it gets boring, golf gets boring. As I stood up to leave, he said I hope you always have a purpose, because that is the only path to happiness I know. He said don't misunderstand me, I still have the condo on South Beach and go for a few weeks at a time, but it isn't all I do. I thought about it and he may be right. Some of the happiest people in the world have a purpose. I mean, Steve Jobs wanted to continue with Apple even after the fortune he made. The star athlete who can't walk away from the game, because he doesn't want to give up his fame or purpose. Some of the richest people in the world grasp onto a charity to give their time to. I guess if you tried to make your life all leisure you would soon lose your purpose and the loss of happiness would likely follow. What do you think... without purpose are most people really unhappy?